Money is almost all that gets talked about in hip-hop these days, but Wu-Tang Clan's "" was fairly novel at the time of its release. Cash Rules Everything Around Me, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, and Method Man explain, over RZA's smooth flip of a Charmels beat. In the song, the members speak on the broken environments where they grew up; Raekwon admits that robbery and drugs weren't the path to happiness. As soulful as it is gritty, "" plays like a coming of age, wrong-to-right journey that nonetheless sounds incredible at a party. -Jake Paine
DJ Kool Herc 's house parties gained popularity and later moved to outdoor venues in order to accommodate more people. Hosted in parks, these outdoor parties became a means of expression and an outlet for teenagers, where "instead of getting into trouble on the streets, teens now had a place to expend their pent-up energy."  Tony Tone, a member of the Cold Crush Brothers , stated that "hip hop saved a lot of lives".  For inner-city youth, participating in hip hop culture became a way of dealing with the hardships of life as minorities within America, and an outlet to deal with the risk of violence and the rise of gang culture. MC Kid Lucky mentions that "people used to break-dance against each other instead of fighting".  [ full citation needed ] Inspired by DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa created a street organization called Universal Zulu Nation , centered around hip hop, as a means to draw teenagers out of gang life, drugs and violence.