As rappers David Banner and Master P joined more than a dozen representatives on Capitol Hill today for a hearing on the content of hip-hop and rap lyrics, fellow MC Twista weighed-in, stating "hip-hop music is just a scapegoat."

"If by some stroke of the pen hip-hop was silenced, the issues would still be present in our communities," Banner, who read from a prepared testimony before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing, said. "Drugs, violence and the criminal element were around long before hip-hop existed."

Twista, who says to be a close friend of Banner's, agrees. "When Ice T and NWA were doing their thing they took rap music to the courts and that's how we got parental advisory stickers on our products. The same way you got movie ratings and theaters that won't allow underage children in unless they are with an adult. Why are they singling out music then? Once the parental advisory sticker is on it, it becomes a parental issue if your children are still listening," the Chicago rapper tells

In addition, the fast-spitting MC also questions the call for censorship in rap music when the Internet allows for content to be so accessible. "You can see an animal f*cking a human on the net these days, but we can't say curse words? To me, we're living in an era where this shouldn't be an argument. This should've been argument before we had so much access. I mean, you can turn on the TV and see two women kissing. Hip-hop is just the scapegoat."

Twista also went on to criticize those in hip-hop that once participated in making and/or promoting rap music but are now asking for rap artists to clean the music up. "This is what I don't want to hear from Russell Simons and Master P. Don't eat off porn and then say I don't like porn. Don't get rich off of football and then say you don't like football. Don't get rich by being one of the most foul-mouthed rappers and now say you don't think we should curse in our music.”

"People need to respect each other's cultures," Twista continued, "because at the end of the day, rappers rhyme about what people want to hear, otherwise we wouldn't be making money off of it."

Twista's album, "Adrenaline Rush 2007," was released September 18 via Atlantic Records.