The Imus Test: Rap Lyrics Undergo Examination

At first blush, it seemed as if the latest furor over misogyny and racism in rap had died down, eclipsed by more tragic headlines. Shock jock Don Imus, in the wake of uttering his now-famous two-word slur, got the sack while a victorious Al Sharpton declared that “more people need to get this message.” But two weeks past its news expiration date, the debate seems to be gathering renewed strength.