That's a quote from Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic's new blogger, and it's one of the big reasons I've become such a huge fan of his stuff over the last few months. He's also from my home town, though I grew up in the suburbs(Catonsville and Towson), whereas he grew up in an area I was told to NEVER GO. Anyway, he name drops The Manual of the Planes and contemplates Wu-Tang Clan's influence on the future of American literature, and this is why you must read him.
I wish him well at The Atlantic and hope you check him out. Once I get my lazy ass around to cleaning up and improving my links, his blog will occupy a place of prominence.