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Hip-hop music has blown up, merging with other genres of music and influencing culture, fashion and art. How's it play in the Springs?

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Forrest Kelley of the central area is a writer, artist and philosopher

Do you like hip-hop music? Sure, why not? I like all forms of music.

Well, some people think it's controversial. Everything has a purpose, which is good. The evil, we extract.

How important an art form is hip-hop? All art forms are important, because the freedom to do what you want is free will. We can't take harsh stances against any particular art form.

Why do you think hip-hop has grown in popularity over the last couple decades? It promotes vanity, which helps drive the economic engine.

What would it take for a hip-hop group from Colorado Springs to make it big? They'd have to have talent, perseverance and integrity, ignore other people's prejudices, and then let the music speak for itself.

If you were a rap or hip-hop artist, what would your name be? Ponder.

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Nicole Rios of the southwest side is a stay-at-home mom

What do you like about hip-hop? I think it's catchy.

Who's your favorite hip-hop artist? I like Lil Wayne and Drake, and a bunch of others.

Why do you think it's grown in popularity so much over the last couple decades? Probably because of the lyrics. And like I said, the music is really catchy.

What would it take for a hip-hop group from Colorado Springs to make it big? I think they'd have to know someone who knows someone, and they'd have to make sure to reach the big cities.

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Joy Warrington of Security is a high school coach

Do you like hip-hop music? I like gospel hip-hop more than secular hip-hop, because the message is different. I think secular hip-hop sends the wrong message, and kids are too influenced by it.

Who are your favorite hip-hop artists? Lecrae, K12, and Tedashii, to name a few.

How important an art form is hip-hop? I like it; it's a way of expressing yourself.

Why do you think it's grown so much over the last couple decades? The lifestyle really appeals to a lot of people, especially the lure of money.

What would it take for a hip-hop group from Colorado Springs to make it big? They'd probably have to know the right people.

If you were a rap or hip-hop artist, what would your name be? Priceless.

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