Rap music still doesn’t fit the bill of an art journal

July 2, 2021 2:44 p.m. ET

I remain puzzled as to why an article of the stature of The Wall Street Journal would devote space to “A Rapper’s MVP Dreams” (Arts in Review, June 15). Like most rap artists, Polo G peddles cheap, vulgar, and ridiculously false images of black life. The lyrics quoted by your reviewer, Mark Richardson, include faux ghetto rap cliches like this: “Grippin’ on the silver Smith & Wesson with about thirty punches / He ain’t gotta put one in his head, he’s already armed.”

In truth, these lines are positively Shakespearian compared to the sickening words and images you can easily find for yourself in Polo G’s online music videos. Is that really what makes art news and contemporary music in America? Has our culture and civilization fallen so low that you would like to stage such performances for the reading public at what? Do you feel the rhythm? Accept as a valid worldview? Reflect on such important works of art? Please.

David Burns

Springfield, Virginia.

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Appeared in the July 3, 2021 print edition.