Rap Manner Essay

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LyricalViolence Music is a major force in African Americans lives. According to the American Medical Association, American adolescents spend a total of four and a half hours a day listening to musicand watching music videos. Parents today are very weary of suggestive, violent, lyrical content in popular music. Studies show that 48% of Americans, including the younger generation, say that violence in popular music should be regulated. Cases [of violence] across America have been influenced by rap. A case of a school shooting has shook up a small town in Arkansas called Jonesboro. One of the teen murderers admitted to law officials that the rap music he listened to might have contributed to his state of mind before the murders, if not his overall decision to gun down his classmates.Mitchell Johnson, the student, said, “It puts you in a certain stateof mind.” This is not only relevant to the music/violence debate but it is a understanding what is going on with the modern youth. Clearly, it cant be stated that the sole contributing factor in the student’s decision to commit murder was rap music, but it was a contributing factor.I believe that there is a painful and direct connection between violence in popular music and violence in youth. I do not believe that government regulation or censorship can fix thisproblem.For those who debate the effects of violent music on a person’s mind-state,I offer this example.Jazz, which African-Americans would listen to and play, the music as a release from the racial climate in which they lived. The music, if only for a while, removed their problems. That being the case, how can we deny that music, even without lyrics, has an overwhelming impact on our mind-state. Popular music affects everyone. Some people find that they can’t get a song out of their head after hearing it on the way to work. Other people get sentimental if

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