Thursday, August 31, 2006

Are any celebrities actually "real"?

But don't believe that cockamamie bull that everyone was evil and wanted to beat me up. Real recognizes real, and respect is the name of the game. You respect me and I respect you.

—rapper Lil' Kim

I grew up in a rough neighborhood and I suppose that had its effect on me, but I haven't lived in such a neighborhood in years. I have been in a white collar world for a long time now and I would not presume to say that I have any street credibility left (if I ever had any, which is doubtful). But Lil' Kim can be a millionaire several times over for many years and continue to be "real"? I thought convicts preyed on wealthy new inmates; I guess Lil' Kim was too "real" for that to happen to her though.

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