Tuesday, May 16, 2006

His Brother's Rapper

Abigail Tucker of the Baltimore Sun shared a moving story last Sunday about the choices made by two impoverished Baltimore brothers, Paul and Matt Talley. Together, Tucker wrote, they "dreamed about riding in a limousine to somewhere that wasn't a funeral." But while Matt turned to music to deal with the hurt of his parents' deaths, Paul turned to street gangs and was killed by the time he was 18. Tucker's "Rapping about a Lifetime of Pain," which is a lot more compelling than its headline makes it sound, describes how Matt crafted a rap about Paul's death that soon turned into a hit song in Baltimore. Kudos to Tucker for finding this story and writing it so well.


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