From the core to the perimeter black
You know the motto
Stay fluid even in staccato

from Yasiin Bey – Hip Hop Lyrics on Rap Genius


Two more paradoxical unions of opposites — core/perimeter; fluid/staccato. These paradoxes, it comes out slowly over the course of the song, are representative of hip-hop, which by 1999 had become a fascinating complex of cultural contradictions.

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