Many hip-hop artists reference their cities, particularly their ghetto neighborhoods, once they become successful and no longer live there. This is particularly remarkable in many music videos where one can see a rapper driving an expensive car through the ghetto wearing expensive clothes and jewelry.
This presents the question whether, even though they have money and live elsewhere, these rappers are justly representing these neighborhoods and the community. It is uncommon that the artists give back to the communities that they come from, so they are not benefiting their neighborhoods or cities in any way, despite rapping their allegiance to these regions. It is also questionable how the community views the rappers that make it out of the neighborhoods that they come from--are they viewed positively or negatively? One could suggest that they have made a positive impact on the neighborhood and its inhabitants by setting a positive example and demonstrating that there is hope of becoming successful and making to a better place. One could also argue that they have a negative impact on the community; they use the neighborhood--exploiting the crime, drugs, and poor quality of living--simply for the benefit of making a good ghetto rap music video and song without contributing anything positive to the community.
Moreover, the question here is whether rappers who make it out of the ghetto neighborhoods they grew up and established themselves in have a positive or negative impact on that community.