Your lede is confusing as fuck. I think partly because its based on a large assumption and partly because of some funky logic/wording. "JI needs restaurants because residents don't want to drive downtown for better food." I understand the fact that you think we don't leave the island because of the added inconvenience, even with the assumption that the food is going to be better. It is inconvenient at times, but a lot of people genuinely enjoy dining here. Regardless, you're projecting an opinion that may not be shared by most of the people that live here, which definitely comes off as pretentious. Critique the food as much as you want, but at least try to show an attempt at understanding why patrons come to these restaurants instead of just assuming that we eat here because its a bitch to drive downtown.
Also, to elaborate on my point about logic/wording:
You're basically saying that we need more restaurants. And you know this because you see people eating here instead of DT because of added inconvenience. This does not really prove your point. This is simply some conjecture that you came up with. So yes, maybe we do need more quality establishments and also it could be true that people settle for less for convenience sake. Both points can be true but the latter does not prove the former.
I dunno, there could be something I missed but I've read that first paragraph at least 1738 times and it still confuses me.
The whole notion that Rap only needs "something meaningful to say" is a little bit regressive. The reason young thug has blown up the way he has is because he's pushed the boundaries of rap music by creating a different sound, the same thing Big Boi and Andre 3000 did. That has been the key for anyone wanting to become successful and put their city on the map. Lyrical consciousness is fine but it doesn't define rap. If Charleston wants to make waves and be a mecca for hip hop we need to start pushing boundaries and stop focusing only on lyrics
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