The Trayvon Martin-George Zimemrman case was thrust into the national spotlight, propelling the issues of race and classism to the forefront. During this process, many ideologies, beliefs, and opinions were expressed openly and very emotionally about the state of America, its justice system and racial divides. The hip-hop community exploded with their own opinions, setting the worlds of music and politics on a collision course on the mainstream platform. Freddie Gibbs, a rapper famed for his detailed articulations of his violent and tough upbringing, chimed in on a multitude of subjects dealing around race and the psyche one develops from growing up in a rough neighborhood.  He swung by the XXL offices to discuss Gary, racism, being black in america, and being a role model as a gangsta rapper.—Emmanuel C.M. (@ECM_LP)