Hip-hop mogul and Def Jamz founder Russell Simmons has called homophobia a societal sickness.

In an interview with Reuters TV, Robert Wolf asked Simmons how the industry has changed over the past 2 decades.

“How has hip-hop and rap changed today?” Wolf asked. “It seems back in the 90s it was a little more politically motivated, the words meant a little more. Today, it seems a little different ...”

“It goes in cycles,” Simmons answered. “You may get a song like Jesus Walks or you may get a political song like Lupe Fiasco or a social song from one of the artists. And you may get a lot of 'I just want to go to the club and party and drink;' which is pretty normal.”

“You still have the cries from the hood. You know, people talking about the condition that they live in. The mirrors of the poverty, the mirrors of the poverty mindset, and the frustrations.”

“You still have the mirrors of our societal sickness: the homophobia, the sexism, the racism, the gangsta stuff. You still have all that. But that's important, because they're not as homophobic as their parents. They're not as racist as their parents. They're not as sexist, not at all, as their parents. They're not as gangsta as our government.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)