Black consciousness doesn’t sell these days. Actually, there was never a point in time where it sold consistently save for a few examples. Still, we are certainly a long way from the days when Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions routinely went gold and platinum. Since then, politically conscious rap has been driven completely underground, created and performed mostly for the pleasure of white college kids. That marginalization leaves mainstream hip-hop decidedly unbalanced. Playlists on urban radio stations seem to facilitate nothing other than nonstop partying. A night of wild celebration always needs to be followed by a cold shower and a cup of coffee before one heads out to work.