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During an interview last week, Hip-Hop’s resident old wise man, Uncle Russell, was asked to weigh in on the constant back and forth of rappers to jail.

Russell, who co-founded Def Jam Records and has had a hand in Hip-Hop since it started turning a profit, says believes that Hip-Hop culture is to blame for these guys and their lack of judgement, because the culture has made it “more acceptable.”

He told Atlanta’s V-103:

We got these images out of the streets. The violence, the things they talk about are topics we chose. They’re not bad people; T.I is very insightful. He’s a good person. These guys are learning their lesson in front of the world. And it’s a good thing they’re growing up before us. Otherwise, they might not have grown up at all.

Do you agree? Are “we” to blame for these predicate felons and they’re “untouchable immortal” mentality?


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