Ostroff, Joshua 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2017
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1 CN MB: Drug Message Changes From Just Say No, To Go, Go, GoThu, 04 Jan 2007
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Ostroff, Joshua Area:Manitoba Lines:118 Added:01/06/2007

Drugs have always played a role in popular music, from '60s acid rock and the ganja-slowed rhythms of reggae to grunge's heroin-wracked self-loathing.

But none of these narcotics have influenced a genre as intensely as crack-cocaine has hip-hop.

For the past year, the subgenre known as crack-rap -- a.k.a. cocaine rap or, more poetically, trap-hop -- has dominated the charts. Nearly every major hip-hop album has sniffed around the subject, but rather than describing their own habits, these rappers have been boasting about drug-dealing day-jobs.

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2US: Hip-hop's Addiction To CrackSat, 30 Dec 2006
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Ostroff, Joshua Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:12/30/2006

Some Artists Glorify The Cash Made Selling The Street Drug, While Ignoring Its Grotesque Social Effects

Drugs have always played a role in popular music, from '60s acid rock and the ganja-slowed rhythms of reggae to grunge's heroin-wracked self-loathing.

But none of these narcotics have influenced a genre as intensely as crack cocaine has hip-hop.

For the past year, the subgenre known as crack-rap -- AKA cocaine rap or, more poetically, trap-hop -- has dominated the charts. Nearly every major hip-hop album has sniffed around the subject, but rather than describing their own habits, these rappers have been boasting about drug-dealing day-jobs.

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3 CN ON: TV Show Review: Puff PieceThu, 24 Aug 2006
Source:Eye Magazine (CN ON) Author:Ostroff, Joshua Area:Ontario Lines:202 Added:08/26/2006

Weeds

Season premiere Aug 30 on Showcase.

"Little boxes on the hillside / Little boxes made of ticky-tacky / Little boxes on the hillside / Little boxes all the same" -- Malvina Reynolds, "Little Boxes," 1962.

"No stress, no seeds, no stems, no sticks. Some of that real sticky-icky-icky" -- Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, "Still Dre," 1999.

LOS ANGELES, CA -- The warehouse space is dark except for the rows of grow lamps, though the potted pot plants don't seem to mind. Of course, they're made of silk but every other detail of this faux-op feels authentic -- from the Cannabis Culture posters to the foil-covered walls and feed charts.

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