Hip Hop Essay

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It might be “hip” and even make you “hop”, but as innocent as it may appear this hip music has hopped and entire generation into a world of drugs, sex and gang violence. Hip-hop or rap, is not only a genre of music, it is a language and a challenging lifestyle. From the distinct beats, the clothing and the seemingly aggressive use of language, it is almost undeniable that hip-hop influences its listener. The problem is that hip hop projects a certain image which can be very damaging to the listeners’ perspective. It is even a greater problem since the main listeners are children and teens between the ages of 12 and 18. This music directly influences how they identify with each other in terms of sex roles in society, creating violence among them and promoting the use of drugs. When children listen to this kind of music, they think that what they are hearing is not wrong or against the law. The lyrics in many songs contain violent and explicit lyrics that usually talk about killing someone. It is also music that refers to women as bitches, whores and sluts. Unfortunately, parents have no control over what music their kids listen to since there is no age limit on purchasing such music. It is also unfortunate to see that the media promotes it all as fun and games and society easily embraces it. Hip hop music is definitely not the only source of violence, yet it is a very potent one. Not only is the music violent but the rappers lifestyle is also. A perfect example of such lifestyle is rapper Tupac Shakur who was murdered in 1996 due to hard core gang fights. Highlights of Shakur’s police records show that he was arrested for aggravated assault, charged with shooting two off duty police officers in Atlanta, but the charges were later dropped. He was also accused of beating a limousine driver in Los Angeles and threatening a fellow rapper with a bat in Michigan. To

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