Grabbed from my furl.
Eli’s is just a few blocks from my apt. I hope it lives.
“This place has a real romantic grip on you once you come to learn about it,” McDonald said.
In its bloodlust, hip-hop is more old school than many of its fans and critics may realize; in fact, the music is carrying on a tradition as old as the blues. Created by and for indigent African-American sharecroppers in the South a century ago, the blues gave voice to the discontent and anxiety of a subjugated, marginalized people. It was an outlet for rage – as well for joy, sometimes, to palliate that fury – coded in language about domestic matters, to throw off any eavesdropping whites.