I’m from a stopgap generation. At least in rap terms, people born the same year as myself—1992—exist as a bridge between those who saw Straight Outta Compton take middle America by storm and those who grew up after a white rapper from Detroit had torn it up from the inside out. I came of age just as regional tension  was giving way to the mainstream-versus-underground dichotomy college radio helped create. Basically, what I’m saying is this: while I know both versions of “Children’s Story” by heart, when I hear that sample I’m one of the few people who starts rapping about Adidas, not pajamas. And I’m sure glad I do—the Mos Def version of the song is the greatest diss in rap history, and it also might be the darkest.
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