Does Hick Hop Have A Right To Exist?

With the current unrest in our country surrounding the Confederate flag and monuments to the Confederacy, it is the perfect time to show where we – as the hip hop community – stand on this issue. We are hip hop, a culture created in the ghettos of NYC by people of color, most of them descendants of former slaves. While we all might feel similarly when it comes to these representations of the Confederacy, our brothers and sisters who represent the Hick Hop sector of our community may disagree. Are they a part of our community? Hip Hop is all about free speech and expression, right? Or nah? Does Hick Hop have a right to exist? Let’s break it down…



4/4/2017 4:18 PM PDT

Rick Ross just struck a plea deal in his kidnapping trial … and he’s dodged multiple felony bullets.

The rapper was in a Fayette County courtroom Tuesday facing kidnapping, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and other charges for allegedly holding a groundskeeper on his Georgia estate at gunpoint, forcing him into a guesthouse and pistol-whipping the guy.

Under the deal, Ross pled no contest to 1 felony count of aggravated assault. The other felony charges were dropped. Ross was sentenced to time served in jail — he had been locked up for a week. He was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

Now here’s the sweet part of the deal for Ross. He’s being sentenced as a first time felony offender … that means when he pays the $10k fine — which he’ll do Tuesday night — the conviction is erased from his record.

But it’s not that easy. Prosecutors got more … Ross pled no contest to 5 misdemeanors — assault, battery, 2 counts of pointing a pistol at someone, and possession of less than 1 oz of pot. For the 5 misdemeanors he was given a total of 60 months probation.

One huge benefit for Ross … under the deal, his travel will not be restricted.