Last night, 1,600 people showed up to the Barbican in London for what was labeled “the first-ever global debate on hip-hop”.

The event put Hip Hop on trial and had the partakers debating for or against the topic of “Hip-Hop Doesn’t Enhance Society, It Degrades It.”

Participants of the debate were Rev. Jesse Jackson, Q-Tip, Questlove, Michael Eric Dyson, KRS-ONE, Touré, Dream Hampton, Slaughterhouse, and others.

Jesse Jackson, KRS-One, Q-Tip, Estelle, ?uestlove, P. J. O’Rourke, Jaron Lanier, and 14 other rappers, poets, academics and pundits came together in London on 26 June to debate the motion, ‘Hip-Hop on Trial: Hip-Hop Doesn’t Enhance Society, It Degrades it’, chaired by the BBC’s Emily Maitlis, and moderated online by Jemima Khan.

Presented by Intelligence Squared and Google+, it was the third in their new joint debate series, Versus. The first ever global debate on hip-hop saw fierce arguments put forward by speakers who were live on stage, and also beamed into the event via Google+ Hangouts, a live multi-person platform. – Versus Debates

View the “Versus Hip Hop on Trial Debate,” below:
(sidenote: Slaughterhouse comes in around the 30 minute mark and again around the 54 minute mark)