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Racism is an incubus that has haunted every culture in the United States since its inception. Today, aspects of the hip-hop genre embody that spirit by promoting self-hate through exploitation, misogyny, greed, and denigration of who Blacks are as a people. The hip-hop culture and its style of music has crossed all racial and culture barriers and has been deemed the music of the 21st century. Yet the hip-hop culture often cloaks itself with monolithic images very powerfully in television, magazines, and music videos.