Kid Cudi says it's time to tell the truth about hip-hop: It's hurting African-American culture.

He told Arsenio Hall, "I think the braggadocio, money, cash, hoes thing needs to be deadened. I feel like that's holding us back as a culture, as black people. It doesn't advance us in any way, shape or form."

Cudi went on to say that instead of rapping about material things, his goal as an artist is to help give young people more confidence in themselves. “My mission statement since day one: All I wanted to is help kids not feel alone and stop kids from committing suicide."

TeeRoy's 2 Cents:

1.Do you think Cudi is right about the effect hip-hop has had on black people?

2.It's not like Cudi's songs have been major cultural statements, either.

3.Cudi's painting with a pretty broad brush. There are lots of rap songs with social messages.

4.And lots of rock and country songs about babes and getting drunk.