YOU CAN'T BLAME hip-hop for the troubles in America today for this simple reason:

When voices needed to be heard, hip-hop was only available underground. The voices of Public Enemy, KRS 1 and a list of others promoted peace and knowledge in the now black/white hip-hop community.

What you can do is blame Radio One, Clear Channel, BET, MTV and a list of others for the exaggerated way that the media and politicians speak and act toward my music.

Vernon Davidson, Philadelphia