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Killer Mike on the purpose and soul of hip-hop
Killer Mike performs at the 2023 Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta (Photo credit: Scott Legato/Getty Images)

Killer Mike answered his questions by video.

What is the purpose of hip-hop, and has it succeeded?

My theory is hip-hop/rap broke the seal of control that white America always could, ultimately, exercise over Black music and expression. Hip-hop didn’t need white America. What do you think about that?

What is hip-hop? What is its soul?

Interview by Bob Guccione, Jr