By: Nat Thomson
Chuck D famously characterized hip-hop as the CNN of the streets -- a compelling and accurate statement. But have you ever watched old cable-news clips? It's weird. Something now old and played out was, for a moment, breaking news on the cutting edge.
In a culture obsessed with having the latest gadgets and flossiest digital items, hip-hop has always thrived on the latest technology too. So, today many hip-hop songs have aged into fine vintage classics; for example, Tribe's meditation on romance, "Bonita Applebaum," or mabye Pete Rock and CL Smooth's "T.R.O.Y.," a rap about life and family. But, um, Maceo's "Nextel Chirp"? Yeah, not exactly a timeless notion, to say the least. Beyond that little ditty from a few years ago, hip-hop has a nice track record of references that today seems quaint. Here we present the 10 most outdated tech references in hip-hop, with an example of what the line might be in 2009.
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