(The Root) — With the debate raging over gun control, the folks behind creative enterprises from video games to Hollywood are facing criticism regarding their potentially negative influence on impressionable Americans. Music is not immune. Hip-hop has long been one of conservative America's favorite punching bags, with Republicans and Democrats alike criticizing the genre for lyrics that are violent, sexual or sexist. For this reason, some of hip-hop's champions in the political sphere are particularly unexpected. We compiled a list of some of the genre's most surprising supporters.
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