Tampa radio host sees the impact of hip-hop culture

- From humble beginnings on the streets of New York to clothing lines, cologne and hit TV shows like "Empire," hip-hop music has gone global.

Tampa FM radio station, Hot 101.5's Miguel Fuller has seen hip-hop grow from a genre to a culture, topping the charts in the United States.

"Hip-hop has just permeated our culture in a very quantifiable way," Fuller explained.

But the people driving this dominance are not who you might think.

"If you are that white kid from suburbia, [hip-hop] music is universal and can speak to them on some different level," Fuller explained.

So who are the people doing the speaking?

"The Kardashians are the perfect example. They take a lot from black culture and hip-hop culture and sort of infuse it into what they do," he said.

It's not just the Kardashians. Country acts like Florida Georgia Line, and pop singers like Taylor Swift have crossed over and performed with hip-hop artists or incorporated the hip-hop sound into their own music.

Fuller believes the emergence of streaming music sites and online downloads have made hip-hop accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world.

And he thinks all of this cross-over may not be such a bad idea.

"I think if we can continue on this path of we're all taking a little bit from everybody and we're putting it into a big pot, I think hopefully that can start to begin to heal some of the divisions that we have from politics," Fuller said.

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