Confessions of a Gentrifier

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The beer garden at Memphis Taproom, my favorite spot in Philly (photo via The New York Times)

I was a 21st Century gentrifier years before it became a front page story or a topic of debate.

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Longevity and Losses: The Complicated Career of LL Cool J

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He was a battle rapper that also rapped ballads. He introduced styles and phrases to the culture. He was hip-hop’s first major superstar. So 30 years after his first album, why isn’t Uncle L more appreciated?

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