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Rap in the early 1980s was a very different beast to the slick, self-aware money machine it is now. Sample-heavy, overwhelmingly positive, occasionally experimental, homegrown, uncommercial and usually somewhat earnest, rap really was all about the man and the message. If you see Mr T's 1984 album, Mr. T's Commandments, in that context, it's not that bad. OK, it's not Grandmaster Flash or the Sugarhill Gang (and was a few years too late), but at least Mr T had his heart in the right place at almost the right time.


 

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