The dictionary definition of hip-hop is, an urban youth culture associated with rap music and the fashions of African-American residents of the inner city. The sad truth is that many people around America would agree with this definition. The first thing people think about when they hear the word hip hop is an African american man or woman with excessive jewelry, dancing like a maniac. Though this may be true in some cases, its not true for. I believe some rappers have given Hip-hop a bad reputation. They make it seem like all that’s important in life is smoking weed, getting money, and sex. Its these rappers such as Soulja Boy that give hip-hop a bad name. Many rappers sing to get a message across or to teach a lesson to its listeners. And its these that are over shadowed by the negative rappers. Hip-hop is a fashion and kind of music genre in which people express themselves, and in return have been misunderstood by many of the older generations.