The saddest thing about Salon‘s copping out of its music criticism is that when it does bother to run a pop feature – like The Hard Rap Cafe, a review of the new hip-hop exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum – they’re often excellent. After a sarky opening, Alex Pappademas produces a tart, elegantly written and intelligent overview of the issues surrounding the Museum’s opening and exhibits, arguing that it signally fails to get a grip on the complexity of 00s hip-hop: he’s particularly cutting, and good, on the characterisation of Tupac Shakur as the ‘black Kurt Cobain’ (why does he have to be the black anyone?). Still, god forbid Salon should now do anything as jejune as review a record, particularly not when there’s the Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure DVD to cover.