Tyler, The Creator [photo: Roger Kisby/Getty Images]Even before N.W.A famously fired their 1988 warning shot "F*** tha Police," hardcore hip-hop was known as the rebel music of the day. Like the previous generations' early rock 'n' roll that championed spending the night together, glam metal that wouldn't take it anymore, and punk rock out for revenge, it reached out to disenfranchised youths and in the process alienated parents, conservative groups and corporate America.
Eventually, onetime rebels become acceptable parts of mainstream culture. The Rolling Stones are currently celebrating their 50th anniversary with a series of high-priced shows. Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna to Take It" is now being used by Extended Stay America to rage against the bathroom coffee machine. And even AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Ice Cube, is now shilling Coors Light--but only after he made the transition from gangsta rapper to film star in such lighthearted fare as Are We There Yet?
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