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Talk radio similar to gangsta rap?

Writer David Segal contends that "the similarities between talk radio and gangsta rap are nothing short of uncanny." He argues: "Once you subtract gangsta rap's enthusiasm for lawlessness — a major subtraction, to be sure — rap is among the most conservative genres of pop music. It exalts capitalism and entrepreneurship with a brio that is typically considered Republican." Segal counts among other similarities:– "Extolling your greatness is nearly as crucial to rap as it is to talk radio."– Both base credibility on claiming "to have hordes of detractors."– Without verbal skills, "you can't rap and you'll never make it as a talk radio opinion-machine."