Since the very beginning, hip-hop has been the voice of Black youth culture and has reflected the lived experiences of both its creators and consumers. Tackling everything from the crack epidemic to gang violence, police brutality, racism, and political and economic disenfranchisement, hip-hop serves as both an outlet and a sounding board for issues facing African Americans and other communities of color. Despite pushback from some who believe hip-hop glamorizes criminality with no accountability, the elders of the culture, current superstars, and emerging artists uphold the griot tradition and continue to tell stories that inspire activism and advocate for social justice.