'Hip Hop Has Done More For Racial Relations Than Most Cultural Icons' (VIDEO)

January 5, 2015 3:39 PM

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Since Jay-Z's debut album was released in 1996, the rapper and mogul has played a major role in the evolution of hip hop. He's earned nearly 20 Grammy Awards, holds the record for most number-one solo albums and solidified his place as one of the world's best-selling artists in history. Through it all, he's seen the music (as well as its fans) change over the decades, and now, he shares his admittedly "interesting" take on the genre's impact.

"It's a strong one," he warns of his opinion, before laying it out. "I think that hip hop has done more for racial relations than most cultural icons. Save Martin Luther King, because his dream speech we realized when President Obama got elected."

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