Hip-hop is often shunned by critics and regarded as hazardous to Black youth. But can rappers be viewed as instilling role models, especially to youth who lack parental guidance?
An opinion article on The Root reports:
In the late 1980s and into the 1990s, the answer for many of us was hip-hop. Nowhere was there a more ready supply of black men with something to say and the ability to articulate it in a way that allowed others to relate and learn than in the booming hip-hop culture. For young black men in search of guidance from someone with a face that looked like their own, rappers became the surrogate fathers.