Hip-hop does not want to tear things down, though acts like NWA came out so strong against police brutality. It is revolution with art, not violence, though some argues that words are like sticks and stones. What hip-hop believes is true is the on-going economic and racial disadvantages is still true; and it provides a path to becoming a useful part of this great society when you start out poor and disadvantaged. That is the truth of hip-hop, that people are hungry but want to be part of the fold as productively as they can be.
From being bonafide ‘niggers’ many hip-hops artists have grown tremendously next to mainstream artists. Without those middle-class foundations, they’re now educated and qualified to run successful labels, large companies and small businesses. Somewhere along the way, between chart releases I believe they all got their degrees.