Sure, the possibility that a resuscitated Eminem might snare a Grammy renewed attention by many to rap. And despite the terrible funk that hangs over the recording industry with its sagging sales, the return of Marshall Bruce Mathers III and the heavy presence of other urban music artists at the industry’s recent awards night might have reminded that, yes, a big part of music — and what fuels it as a lucrative trade for performers and attending professionals like lawyers — rests on the personal passion of different kinds of people. So it’s also worth noting that in a corner of the nearby legal academy, Jody Armour (shown at right) a professor in a name chair at a name law school put himself out, again, with his recent impassioned arguments about rap music, race, racism, the power of language and how this all fits in with the practice of law.
Interesting, too, that his conversation was conducted as part of a program by his school’s Office of Religious Life. But, then, almost 15 years after the Las Vegas killing of Tupac Shakur during a time of violent showdowns between East Coast and West Coast (LA) rap factions, music, indeed, has a myth-making reality that lawyers need to grapple with, Armour has argued, based in part on his own troubled family’s experiences and how it led him to his career.