This is a fantastic rant from writer Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and the founder of McSweeney's magazine.
The piece is sort of a long-form response to a question he was asked during an interview with Harvard Advocate. The Q, which dealt with the issue of "maintaining street cred", ended thusly:
"Are you taking any steps --- are there any steps to be taken -- to keep shit real?"
Anyone who who has ever cried "sellout" or criticized someone's art (that's basically all of us) should read it.
My good friend Keeta forwarded this to me a few years ago and I dug it up again today. Click the headline.