The war-time snap shot

from Yasiin Bey – Hip Hop Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Mos begins iterating a series of common explanations for what hip-hop “is” — this line seems to refer to Chuck D’s statement that hip-hop is “CNN for black people,” i.e. it captures a snap-shot of black ghetto life as a constant struggle for survival, along the lines of Grandmaster Flash’s The Message.

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