It could be argued that conscious hip-hop is on the rise, and is the most common segment of new rap. It is difficult to listen to a new track in rap that does not present a social or political issue, even if it is a reference. Gangster rap of the previous years seems to be on the decline, being replaced with "more meaningful" music, or conscious hip-hop.
However, despite the general good intentions of conscious rap, there is not an apparent active influence of the music. Conscious artists rap about making changes and doing good, but are they? In my opinion, the new generation of rappers are not from the ghetto who grew up dealing drugs and living a life in poverty and crime. Therefore, without having such a background, they turn to conscious rap. Thus, these artists arguably do not actually care about these conscious issues, but it is rather a way to sell albums and make money. Generally, we feel better about ourselves listening to conscious hip-hop which references making positive changes than we do when listening to gangster rap about crime. It could be argued that even some of the gangster rappers of the previous years have changed their styles to become more conscious to keep up with the market. This demonstrates that their true motives are questionable; either they want to make a change in the world, or they just want to make more money.
It is not common that we see these artists who rap about social and political issues in the community actively taking it upon themselves to make the changes they rap about. So the question I present is, does conscious hip-hop actually have an influence in the community, or is it simply a way for such artists to make money?