By Richard Montgomery
Rappers have had to survive in a fairly hostile social climate. Scholars like Dr. Boyce Watkins have mobilized movements against more controversial artists. Recently, Roland Martin suggested that rap music negatively impacts the Black community, and the list of hip-hop detractors is surprisingly long. But to them I ask, is it really rap music that is behind the increasing number of African American teens committing violent offenses; is it really rap music that invokes early curiosities about sexuality and drug use?