Cosby takes rap for al­bum

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PEOPLE -

NEW YORK: Bill Cosby has ab­sorbed crit­i­cism of his blunt at­tacks on self-de­struc­tive black be­hav­iour and hip-hop cul­ture. Now he’s tak­ing his cru­sade into the lion’s den with an im­prob­a­ble rap al­bum, State of Emer­gency.

He was ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and pro­vided the con­cepts for all 14 songs. The rap­ping is done by three lit­tle-known artists.

The songs range from de­scrip- tions of black af­flic­tions and chal­lenges to self-im­prove­ment, to cel­e­bra­tions of black women and vi­sions of a bet­ter fu­ture.

It’s the po­lar op­po­site of to­day’s rap. State of Emer­gency has the po­ten­tial to change lives. The prob­lem? The mu­sic. Ask­ing your av­er­age rap fan to lis­ten to this is like ask­ing a kid to give up Twinkies for tofu. – Sapa-AP

PIC­TURE: AP

CHAL­LENG­ING: Bill Cosby

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