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Once You Go Pop, Your Street Cred Drops

Describing their music and their own 'Buhloone Mindstate' on the 1993 album of the same name, De La Soul gave us the keep-it-real musical mantra “It might blow up, but it won’t go pop.” To the purist hip-hop community, the designation pop is an anathema. The assertion that an artist has compromised her or his artistic integrity and alienated their core audience in order to pander to a larger mainstream audience makes them the lowest of low -- a "sell out." But no one embarks on a career to stay broke, so what's an MC to do?

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