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Doug Brod: “You have artists like Dizzee Rascal and The Streets, two artists that a few years ago were being counted as the UK’s credible rap artists, and neither of them made any impact in the U.S. at all. I guess [UK hip-hop] is becoming a little more poppy, a little more watered-down and that’s what can get popular here in America; something that’s not as challenging maybe, not as avant-garde, not as groundbreaking.”

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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