Houston Chronicle Opinion page ambassador James Campbell has been busy dealing with readers and rappers who were upset about the Chronicle’s spread on Sunday. The front page report highlighted Houston’s influential rap community. Here’s a section of Mr. Capmbell’s column:
Regarding rappers, several angry readers called to tell me they don’t like seeing stories about rappers in the Chronicle. One lady, who identified herself as “a 69-years-old grandmother” said:
I’m not prudish, but putting pictures of rappers in the paper glorifies them and their culture. They have filthy mouths and they don’t entertain anybody but people their own age and that’s not who buys your paper. I’m sick of seeing them glorified.
OK, she’s right. Few 69-year-old readers are bumping to rappers like Trae, or any other rapper. As a side note on Trae, today he called Michael D. Clark, the reporter of the story, to complain that the story outted him as a Katy resident and claims it damaged his “street cred” in South Houston… Well, Holy Hypocrisy, Batman! Trae is a suburbanite. Back to the 69-year-old playa hater, she’s probably right that we don’t have a lot of young readers buying the paper. That doesn’t mean we ignore the story. Houston’s hip hop story is a legit one because it is both a business (they are making large sums of money) and a culture story. The story will remain a part of the Chronicle’s narrative.
Now, the next sound you will hear is the RR’s bass thumpin’ on Texas Ave. Peace, out!