The role model Andrew Noz put up his thoughts about The Big Payback up over @ his spot on the corner, CB. We take his point. It's not that Charnas book is, well, OK. It is that there is no master narrative for hiphop (or for that matter, much of anything but the masters). Noz long ago earned his way to the status of role model because he pays rigorous attention to the historical details that differentiate. In other words, he offers respect.
As we think about our work here, we think we are offering our respect to him and our other rolemodels, and to the music to which we can't stop and won't stop listening.