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From: Ross Olson <ross{at}>
Sent: Monday, September 23, 2013 8:49 AM
To: Editor Star Tribune (opinion{at}
Subject: The Real Rap On Rap

Gilbert Newman Perkins provides an interesting and informed perspective on rap music (“Bring in the
noise? No, it’s poetry,” 9/23) although he is strangely insensitive to its all-too-common degradation of
women. Incongruous to this literary review of the linguistic subtleties of the genre is a second-hand
opinion tossed off without support or rationale that fatherless homes result from unemployment. It is
clear to anyone who really wants to know that the separation of sex from commitment has justified
irresponsibility by men and lack of a father has made young women unaware that they deserve better
than they are getting from men. And Rap tells the whole story, whether in iambic pentameter or not.

Ross S. Olson MD

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