The reading about "gangsta rap" was incredibly entertaining and interesting to me. Although I recognize the morals and values expressed in rap music are often far from respectable, the scholarly prose of the article made it difficult for me to take seriously. I do not wish to discredit the author of the article, and I agree with many of the points made within the piece. However, I am slightly embarrassed to say, the language used made me laugh despite the serious topic. When reading the formal sounding text of this article, I couldn't help but think of rap songs I own and feel as though the author went about the topic in a too-serious fashion. His words almost made me discredited him despite the good points he made. The view of the power structure between White men and African American rappers in this piece also seemed more harmful than good to race and class stereotypes. I was surprised that the article almost seemed to degrade African Americans when commentating on the dominance structures of rappers to white men. Saying they can not challenge the white power that gives them money seemed like a step backwards, which went unnecessarily beyond the argument against degrading women.