Rap and hip-hop have a mixed reputation: misogyny and violence have long
been a part of the genre, but the music has also given a voice to
underprivileged Americans since the late 1970s. Recently, it’s helped
some kids in the Upper Valley come to terms with difficulties in their
lives. Music contributor Matt Bushlow has this story of how rap music
is being used in a new court diversion program for at-risk youth.