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    Fri, 02 Mar 2007 12:29:57

    Wynton Marsalis Takes On 50 Cent and Hip-Hop - We're not expecting a trumpet cameo on the next G-Unit release any time soon

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    • Wynton Marsalis - NEWPORT, RI - AUGUST 02: Wynton Marsalis, Ryan Kisor, Marcus Printup, Kenny Rampton, Vincent R. Gardner, Elliot Mason, Chris Crenshaw and Sherman Irby of The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis perform during the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams State Park on August 2, 2014 in Newport, Rhode Island.
    • Wynton Marsalis - NEWPORT, RI - AUGUST 02: Wynton Marsalis, Ryan Kisor, Marcus Printup, Kenny Rampton, Vincent R. Gardner, Elliot Mason, Chris Crenshaw and Sherman Irby of The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis perform during the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams State Park on August 2, 2014 in Newport, Rhode Island.

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    This may be the first time in history that we've seen a beef between a rapper and a trumpeter, but there's a first time for everything. Notable jazz musician Wynton Marsalis is speaking out publicly about his controversial feelings regarding hip-hop. Marsalis claimed that rap debases African-American heritage, citing 50 Cent and Ludacris as prime examples.

    "I call it ghetto minstrelsy," Marsalis said. "Old school minstrels used to say they were 'real darkies from the real plantation.' Hip-hop substitutes the plantation for the streets. Now you have to say you're from the streets, you shot some brothers, you went to jail."

    Marsalis continued, "Rap has become a safari for people who get their thrills from watching African-American people debase themselves, men dressing in gold, calling themselves stupid names like Ludacris and 50 Cent, spending money on expensive fluff, using language like 'b**ch' and 'ho' and 'n**ger'."

    --The ARTISTdirect Staff
    03.02.07



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