I think it has played a part (although part of a feedback loop; when you are faced with harsh yet ineffectual policing many people turn to a life of crime which then leads to more problems with the police) and the cycle repeats. And while the glorification of crime and gangs by popular rappers certainly hasn't helped, I think that there are views pushed by popular rappers. Most notably one of individualism so rugged, it borders on raw. How many rappers talk about how they got rich by being self made hustlers, knowing the art of the deal to go from rags to riches no matter how negatively it impacted their community? How many glorify opulence and materialism above the well being of others, where everything's a competition and if someone doesn't help you get rich, to hell with them? How many claim that "haters only hate because they're jealous of what you've got"? Now which side of the political spectrum espouses this kind of attitude? And do think people say the disparity exists because of "victim culture".