Kids are being brought into a Rap/Hip hop culture that has clothing, movies, music videos, the fashion world all tied in. Its hard for me to explain but maybe this will get it across. Last night I was coming upstairs when our little imp of a neighbor "Jimmy" 8yrs old all american apple pie boy, was playing with his friend I thought he was playing war with his Army men so I commented on his positioning. Well he said (as he was changing the CD on his mini box to LL's Goat") We're playing "Homies" I said "HOMIES" how do you play that? Well mikee he's the Crips and I'm the bloods and we gotta protect our tuff and have wars. I chuckled and left. But at the same time saying "Huh?". Now I'm not saying that hip hop is teaching kids to be hardcore. Proper parenting needs to take care of the "Dark Side" Thats not my point. This is unless when he's older a girl changes his ways... Freestyle music will probably never reach this kid's prefered playlist. Even Popular Pop groups like NYSNC are employing hip hop to maintain Radio play and to try and remove thier groups music as being labled Gay. Unless a Rap Artist gets involved in crossover they wont get radio play. Another example Gwen and No Doubt originally a hard Ska band evolved into? Now did she utilize hip hop or did hip hop utilize them? To get respect will Freestyle artists have to do vidoes with a remix version and a "freestyle" Rapper in it to get played on the radios soon? Will Ja rule record with Cynthia? Will TKA hook up with WU Tang? I'm being silly but HMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmm.