How Much Has Hip-Hop Affected Race Relations?

Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.

This Week's Panel: Kyle Hubbard, Mic Skills, Snoopy, Kiotti, Chingo Bling, Pyrexx, Renzo, Medicine Girl, Chane, more.

Not Invited: Ronald Reagan

This Week's Prompt: Jay-Z once said that hip-hop has done more for race relations than any political leader. How true is that statement?

Kyle Hubbard: I think there is a lot of truth in that statement. I don't think it'sthe ultimate truth, but it's a truthful sentiment. I am a white kid who went to a white school with mostly other white kids, but I grew up with hip-hop my entire life and so many of my heroes growing up were black men.

And I think that fact is widespread among white men of my generation. A generation of white kids were raised and molded through the art of black men, and that is a huge statement on race relations.

Snoopy: I guess since he didn't say it was all positive advance then it's true, because it mostly controversy.

Mic Skills: I agree that hip-hop has done a lot for race relations. Go to a hip-hop show and you'll more than likely see a diverse crowd. The things I love most about performing are bringing people together and then saying things people are afraid to say.

Politicians seem to divide people and even members of their own party on every single issue - for their political gain. People were mad about the Kanye/Taylor Swift thing, and the same week a congressman calls Obama a liar during his speech? WTF. No one said anything about it.

Race relations is a racist concept in itself, but that's a totally different conversation. Hip-hop is the reason I can say "peace" and "one love." Isn't that what we all desire in life?

Fat Tony: Yes, hip-hop definitely bridges gaps and helps people unite through partying.

Kiotti: Very true. It's been a proven fact music has always blurred racial lines, even back in the '60s. So the fact some of your most successful businessmen are in the hip-hop industry, it draws a light to that. Any time rappers and R&B singers can influence political outcomes (Rock the Vote, etc), you see how real the statement is.

Medicine Girl: Since music is the one thing that brings people together worldwide, I agree 1000 percent.

Chane: That statement is very true. Hip-hop brings people together from all nationalities all across the world. Not only hip-hop, music in general does that. James Brown was able to perform "Say it loud, I'm black and im proud" for a mixed crowd and everybody chanted it. DMX had white guys saying the N word at his shows and it wasn't an issue.

It's one of the few things where we all can be amongst each other and the color of our skin doesnt matter. We come together to enjoy the music we all love. I can't think of a political leader that was successful all across the board in bringing all races together for one cause.

Preemo: Hip-hop is the only thing that can kill racism. In the cypher, it doesn't matter what you look like. Skills are skills.

Tha Centop: The fact that you have more white and Hispanic youth buying into so called "black culture" proves that point to be true. Hip-hop is the most influential music on the market, so I see why one would do so. Name one race that [doesn't know] hip-hop.

Chingo Bling: Yes, Tupac was gonna be the next Malcolm X.

Pyexx: I believe it's a true statement. Just do research on it and you can give your opinion on it.

D-Risha: I believe it's 100 percent true. Hip-hop brings together all colors and creeds to one common interest and everyone can take part. It's us, something all to share to something to agree or disagree with and debate with different age groups as well.

Brad Gilmore: I'm not completely sure how true that statement is. The whole Kanye/Bush thing kind of a puts a rift in that theory, if you ask me.

Renzo: I partially agree with that statement. Because of hip-hop, a large portion of middle-class America was able to hear about a life they never knew existed. It even got to the point to where it was appreciated after a while.

The reason I say partially is because hip-hop is a reflection of the political decisions that were put in place decades ago. Without them, our voices wouldn't be protected.

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