Race in hip hop has existed since the genre was formed, but was not much of a controversy amongst listeners and performers of hip hop. While most hip hop performers are black (African American, Afro-Carribean, African, etc.), there is a large amount of white rappers and Hispanic and Latino rappers. The smallest minority of hip hop performers are Asian, while several Asian MCs have made great impressions on the hip hop industry. A big stereotype is that only blacks can rap, therefore excluding other races. However, this has been countered by other races as well as black rappers such as Kanye West who has said, "I like white rappers because they're rappers all the same, but the white music I like is white.".
The most easily explainable reason for most hip hop MCs being black is because hip hop formed in The Bronx, New York by DJ Kool Herc (who is of Jamaican descent) in the 1970s and The Bronx consisted of mostly African Americans at the time. Since then, most hip hop MCs were expected to usually be black, until early old school white rappers such as Beastie Boys and Vanilla Ice.
Mainstream white MCs include Eminem, Mike Shinoda (who is also half Asian), Asher Roth, YelaWolf, Hollywood Undead, Beastie Boys, Vanilla Ice, Everlast, DJ Muggs, Paul Wall, Lil Wyte, Bubba Sparxxx, Mac Miller, Macklemore and Iggy Azalea.
White MCs more followed by the "White Underground Hip Hop" scene include Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Slug, Brother Ali, Aesop Rock, Ill Bill, Dose One, 7L & Esoteric, Qwel, Common Market, Eligh, Eyedea, El-P, Diabolic, B. Dolan, Buck 65, LMNO, Q-Unique, Ugly Duckling, Vinnie Paz, Apathy, R.A. The Rugged Man, Slaine, Lil Zone, 2Mex, Sabac Red, Termanology, Rob Sonic, Sage Francis, Cage, Evidence, Manafest, tobymac, KJ-52, Copywrite, Emcee Lynx, DreDay, Spose, Zephyr Validus, Cam Groves, and Sole.
American hip hop MCs, DJs and other rappers of Asian descent include Apl.de.ap, Blue Scholars, Lyrics Born, Foxy Brown, Nicki Minaj, Dumbfoundead, Emcee T, Far East Movement, Jin, Kato, Kero One, Native Guns, Jay Park, Tasha Ried, Mike Shinoda, Southstar, Tiger JK, Traphik, and Steve Seungjun Yoo.