I don't want to go into depth about this topic, because I posted some of my ideas over in The Lesson recently. But to repeat myself, the book Bomb The Suburbs by William Upski Wimsatt is the best thing I've ever read on this issue. It needs to be required reading for anybody of European American descent who listens to hip hop. I think race does matter, a lot more than some "white" hip hop heads realize. Upski asks some great questions in his writings, and is really fun to read.