I think Dr. Dre might be the most masterbational rapper of all time. I don't mean to single the poor guy out; after all, rap in general is just one big declaration of ego after another. Now, I know what your thinking. I'm not taking into account that it isn't easy to be dropping phat lyrics like they was C-notes while all them Gs be biting the goodfellas' style, yo. Nonetheless, the frequency of self-inflating statements in Dre's tracks far surpasses your average M.C. battle in the ego department. I mean, not only has he got the line, "I started this gansta s**t, and this is the motherf***ing thanks I get?", which seems rediculous enough, but he also got at least two other songs on the radio right now that feature other rappers explaining how people need to show Dre more respect because he's just so wonderful. Now being a stupid white boy, I just can't grasp the concept of a musician with a bigger ego than Axel Rose. But it must be possible, since Eminem, who is both more stupid and more white than I, performs on two of those three songs. I guess pimping ain't easy after all. So that's what I've learned, since I never changed the station on my car's radio after my trip across the country. Apparently, Power 106 "plays all the phatest hip-hop joints", which apparently consists of three of Dr. Dre's lyrical circle-jerks, but the real reason I haven't changed the channel yet is because of the commercials. Anyone who thinks the Afro-American culture has really advanced past the absurd minstrel stereotype should stop looking at the Huck Finn past and examine the Next Friday present. EVERY commercial on this station is like another episode of Fat Albert's neighborhood. It's pure, unadulterated Blacksploitation. Everything from the Fat Burger ads to the public service annoucements: it's the stuff you'd otherwise find on TV between a Hogan's Heroes rerun and The Price is Right. Y'know, the ads that run around the time when unemployed people are likely to be on their second beer of the morning. To me, it suggests that the obvious target market, black people, are considered by their primary source of radio entertainment to be not only poor and stupid, but unable to aspire to anything else. And that basically sucks when you think about it. That's not just because a race is being spoon-fed a negative self image. If the fact that the spoon-feeding continues is evidence of anything, the real problem is that the audience believes that this is all they are capable of achieving. That being said, this is some of the funniest radio I've ever heard. Everything from DJ Quik (remember him from "Bitch Betta Have my Money"?) to the "Thong Song" (you've got to hear it to understand) cracks me up. In the meantime, I need to invest in my own ethnicity; Wuthering Heights is demanding my attention. G'night, folks. --ryan.