Stingy Kids on the difficulty of selecting the Queens poet laureate:
Though Simmons argued that most of his rap songs begin as silent lyrics, he failed to secure the position. "I don't know if Queens is ready for a rapper as a poet," he said. But Parks's own work engages the different modes in which poetry is made public these days.
Ishle may not be a "rapper," but she's an innovator in her own right. Simmons has his Sprite commercials and fame for life, and quite frankly Ishle is the superior rhymer. No disrespect to Reverend Run, one of the founders, but it's time to let the new generation shine.