I mean, come on, it’s Gang of Four, right? So we should probably read this not as an oddball money grab but as some kind of absurd Situationist statement criticizing, I don’t know, society or something, right? Just like when they made that terrible pop record in 1983 . . . right?

Hey, if you see COOLIO, tell him to get his shit together. He missed a court date related to his recent crack troubles, and now there’s a warrant out for his arrest. Is this really the kind of untoward behavior we should expect from our washed-up rappers?

In brighter rap news: DR. DRE and JAY-Z have teamed up for an eagerly awaited track that takes its title from one of rock’s greatest collaborations: “Under Pressure.” I guess that makes Jay-Z David Bowie, and Dre is . . . well, he’s been ducking that rumor for decades.

DAVID THORPE |dthorpe@phx.com

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