It looks as if you all are very comfortable in hip-hop, you feel accepted and that you're as hip-hop as it can be. Well, hip-hop isn't just a talent or something that you do with words... it is a way of life, not what alot of the celebrity's portray on television but it is definately a way of life. One that most white people do not live. You see, where it originated was a place where African Americans stuck together...some didn't, but it bought us together if anything. The way we spoke, the way we dressed, the the way we'd do things it was an 'inside' thing. Thing is, we could only do it with each other because it was no one elses business, and it still isn't. When we started rhyming and freestyling, it became an art. We wanted it to be recognized as an art, as a talent because not everyone can do it naturally off of the top. It wasn't something they sat home and studied, it was already in them. They hear a beat, and it just flows through their veins and out of their mouths, nah'm saying. We are hip-hop, so we do what we want with it.... We took that word "n!gga" and gave it a new meaning, fuck what the white man intended for it to mean, we gave it a new meaning. I admit, it's not the most positive way to greet one another and I personally don't use it too freely, however it's still an 'inside' thing...just like our culture and way of living. So I'd appreciate if you 'white' rappers respect the history of rap and respect the fact that we originated this shit, and we originated most of the shit in this country U.S....so show us that respect, and remember where you got it from. Because it did NOT come from you. Thank-You!