"Hip-Hop is not just a mirror of what is, it should be a mirror of what can be. A lot of people say, ‘I want to be real. I want to be down.' Then we’re just trapped in 'What is.' Imagine something different. Imagine communities that aren’t torn up by violence. Imagine that we’re respecting our women. Imagine communities where knowledge and reading and academic excellence are valued, communities where fathers are doing right by their kids. Art can’t just be a rearview mirror. It should have a headlight on there pointing to where we need to go."
- Barack Obama
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