Everyday on facebook I see another rapper advertising their newest mix tape or their upcoming performance. I see young people I mentor aspiring to become the next big “rapper” in the industry. I even have family who chase after the dream of becoming a world famous music star”. In fact, many of these individuals have enourmous amount of musical talent and ability. But sadly, the dream of becoming a rapper, even for those who do actually succeed in making it, quickly turns into a nightmare. A quick look at the history of rap and Hip-Hop can clearly show us the evil of the industry and how chasing it only leads to death and destruction, physically or literally. Hip Hop started off as an expression of personality, a positive outlet for a community of people who were 15 years removed from the Jim Crow era. Their newfound freedom lead them to…

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