The Death Of Takeoff Has People Reflecting On Gun Violence In America : Consider This from NPR Takeoff, from the Atlanta trio known as Migos, was shot and killed at the beginning of November outside a bowling alley in Houston.

The issue of violence, specifically gun violence, is often associated with rap culture. But those who follow the industry closely, and know its history, say the culture isn't the culprit.

We speak to A.D. Carson, a professor of hip-hop at the University of Virginia, about how death and violence have impacted the rap and hip-hop industry, and how the music is just a mirror reflecting back the larger issue of gun violence that plagues all of America.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

How Hip-hop Is A Mirror That Reflects The Problem Of Gun Violence In America

How Hip-hop Is A Mirror That Reflects The Problem Of Gun Violence In America

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Takeoff, from the Atlanta trio known as Migos, was shot and killed on November 1 outside a bowling alley in Houston. He was 28 years old. Richard Shotwell/Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP hide caption

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Takeoff, from the Atlanta trio known as Migos, was shot and killed on November 1 outside a bowling alley in Houston. He was 28 years old.

Richard Shotwell/Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Takeoff, from the Atlanta trio known as Migos, was shot and killed at the beginning of November outside a bowling alley in Houston.

The issue of violence, specifically gun violence, is often associated with rap culture. But those who follow the industry closely, and know its history, say the culture isn't the culprit.

We speak to A.D. Carson, a professor of hip-hop at the University of Virginia, about how death and violence have impacted the rap and hip-hop industry, and how the music is just a mirror reflecting back the larger issue of gun violence that plagues all of America.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brianna Scott. It was edited by William Troop. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.