by Tattle Taylor at . Comments

In what often seems like a genre focused on getting cars, cash, and girls, rap often gets a bad rap. Some of the genre's most talented voices use their powers for good.

Or they try. Instead of playing to the lowest common denominator, their politically charged and often personal song lyrics are an attempt to alter the course of pop culture.

It's easy to sell records when songs are about Miley Cyrus Twerking. Making people listen to your song about class struggles, religion, and racism is a different story.

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Drake was 2013's most Tweeted about rapper. He definitely knows a thing or two about social media, and the personal stories behind his songs have made him immensely popular.

Fortunately, some rappers have made this their mission. They're the voices of political discourse for their generation. And they know the meaning of one simple word: diversify.

Instead of focusing solely on their careers as musical artists, they've branched out into the world of music production, acting, apparel, and public speaking.

Drake may not know the square root of 69, but he does know a thing or two about rap and joins a list of our 17 most intelligent rappers ever, a group of most definitely smart men.

Bottom line: There's more than one way to bank the Benjamins while spreading your message than merely rapping about being all about the Benjamins.

by Tyler Johnson at . Comments

Justin Bieber has apologized for racist videos made while the pop mega-star was still in his teens, but many understandably feel that even the sincerest admission of guilt is simply not enough, given the abhorrent content of Bieber's bigoted "jokes."

One such critic is rapper Lupe Fiasco who recently likened Justin's comments to the blatantly racist remarks made by Donald Sterling, former owner of the LA Clippers.

"Justin Bieber said it, so it's cool and people are already coming to his defense," said Fiasco in an interview with MTV. 

"Donald Sterling made a billion dollars when he sold the team and then there was such an uproar over someone who didn't use the N-word at all, but then you have someone who made a very racist joke about it - I wonder if Justin's gonna get the same treatment as Donald Sterling."

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by Free Britney at . Comments

In a new lawsuit, rapper Lupe Fiasco is accused of helping hoard millions from a known drug lord's estranged wife during their ongoing divorce proceedings.

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Fiasco is being sued by the wife of convicted drug kingpin Charles Patton, who's serving a 44-year prison sentence for running a huge heroin ring.

Patton's wife apparently believes Lupe Fiasco conspired with him to stash $9 million in various bank accounts to keep it from her during their divorce.

The wife thinks she's uncovered the money trail and that it goes through Lupe, and has filed legal papers, suing to get what she claims is rightfully hers.

Lupe's lawyer denies the claim, saying the allegations are "baseless and will be proven false at trial ... there are no secret accounts and no illicit instructions."

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