Once again, hip-hop heads have to break it down for the narrow-minded in the American community.

On Sept. 26, David Banner joined fellow MC Master P and music industry executives to discuss offensive language in hip-hop music before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, according to Billboard.com. Reading from a statement, the 33-year-old Mississippi rapper/producer tenaciously defended hip-hop from its detractors.

During his testimony, Banner said, "If you fix our communities, we'll fix our lyrics." Asked how that would affect change, he told Billboard, "In the Katrina hearing, one congressman asked, 'Haven't we done enough for Katrina?' They live in a world that we don't live in, and it's hard to speak for a majority when you don't live under the same conditions. People don't sing happy songs if they're broke." If the world's elite could get this message from the music, there’d be no need for such a formal discussion forum.

"Rap music does for us the same thing gospel did for the slaves," he added. "We communicate our anger through our music." It’s refreshing to hear that someone currently working in the world of rap music can still touch on the soul of why it started and what it’s supposed to be about. "Rap is an art, and I can say whatever the hell I want to," Banner continued. "I use the words I use because they are graphic and they hurt. It's supposed to get people's attention. Where we come from, we speak that way."

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