"it's all hip hop"
"hip hop is what you are, rap is what you do"
i can do what you do without being who you are. i eat "chinese food" all the fucking time. so do all of my friends. they eat "chinese food" all the fucking time. still not chinese!
can one reasonably argue that "chinese food" doesn't play some part in my culture at this point? still not chinese, and certainly not a relevant part of their culture when i'm not shoe shopping.
cultural exchange took place a long time ago and the eminescrow plopped rap music into the hearts and hard drives of a zillion kids devoid of the social conditions that make up the real elementary ingredients of hip hop. asher roth raps. to listen to asher roth rap, i might have to huff enough krylon to make me seizure into a headspin. that doesn't make us hip hop, and neither does anything else that i'm willing to subject myself to.
rap's a daughter that married off. she'll probably always be a part of hip hop, but she's also on the internet