The most powerful words to listen to are the ones in the lyrics music that kids listen to. Most rap songs deal with drugs, sex, gangs, and violence. As teenagers listen to this music they hear and learn new things that they didn’t know before (www. library.wcsu.edu). Rap music is probably those most influential thing that kids look up too in this day in age, therefore Rap music teaches teen’s harmful things due to the things said in the lyrics and has lead to many deaths by young juveniles (monk).
Rap & Hip-Hop’s Vulgarity is Making a Negative Impact The hip-hop and rap music industry started off as simply entertainment to people who were tired of the common pop and rock music; after a huge increase of popularity hip-hop is now a way of life. Whether the drastic change that is occurring has a positive or negative impact on youth in society is the question. There are a few researchers, bystanders, and music lovers who do not see the harm. However, a large portion of society today believes otherwise. If someone turned on the radio right at this moment they would hear an abundance of swear words, references to sex, stanzas exclaiming how much they love a certain drug, a verse about how someone dodged a bullet, in a literal sense, or lyrics objectifying women.
Sexism in Rap Music Music has been one of the most common forms of media throughout society. It has been around thirty years since rap started becoming popular. Gangsta rap is believed to define “street” youth culture. In today’s culture, gangsta rap music is a popular genre especially to youth. However, many rap songs today in one way or another are degrading and offensive towards women or in other words, misogyny.
The violent and often degrading lyrics of gangster rap have now become main-stream and is highly romanticized by young black and white youths, alike. To be able to analyze the death of Tupac Shakur, it is also important to address rap music and its influence on America’s culture. Hip Hop has become a multi-billion dollar industry that has come to dominate television, film and fashion, as well as radio. Many inner-city and urban residents are drawn to hip hop and are distrustful of many institutions, therefore, they look elsewhere for guidance and knowledge. This all too often comes in the form of rap idols and gangs.
The negative impact rap and hip hop music have on our youth is detrimental effects to those that listen to such violent and sexually graphic lyrics. One negative impact that rap and hip hop have on our youth is violence. It is not hard to find, or hear examples of violence in either rap or hip hop today. One example of such unmistakable violence can be heard in such lyrics, as “Marilyn Manson,” whose less vulgar lyrics include: “who says date rape is not kind?” Let’s just kill everyone and let your god sort them out.” And “The housewife I will beat, the prolife I will kill.” In addition, “Eminem,’ the hip-hop artist most popular with teens today recently wrote “Bonnie and Clyde,” a song in which he described killing his child’s mother and dumping her body in the ocean. Eminem was at the time married to his child’s mother, who tried committing suicide after the release of this cd and after failing filed for divorce.
The author of this context has used different techniques to suck the audience into believing about this newspaper article. He uses ways of scaring the readers by telling them the truth about what is happening in the very place they live at. He tells the readers that their very teenaged children may be a part of organised crime by buying drugs and getting into a lot of debt to very dangerous people. They may start at about 100$ for a ‘point of methamphetamine’ and then get addicted to the drugs and end up getting into very huge debts. He also states that you may get a knock at 2am at your door with a thug demanding money, and the only way to pay them without getting killed is to sell businesses to pay back the mounting debt that their children have gotten into.
A lot of hip-hop artists degrade women and use strong references to drugs and money. Hip-hop is also strongly connected to violence and having parties in strip clubs. Joseph Schloss wrote a great paper on B-Boys and B-Girls and he said: “It is a multibillion-dollar industry based on debauchery, disrespect, and self-destruction.” This big industry began in New York City and it has changed drastically since its origins. The hip-hop culture consists of four basic elements: rap, graffiti, break dancing, and DJs. To start this story you have to talk about DJ Kool Herc.
Lillie Shipley The Effects of Rap Music on Developing Misogynistic and Violent Culture Over the past few decades, rap music has gone through a serious evolution from the back streets into the limelight and has emerged as one of the most prominent music genres of today. Rappers have come out of the woodwork to become well known staples in our culture, and high-society figures that people look up to. With this development, however, a new, negatively-charged "thug" culture has come with it. Recent redefinitions of what gangsters are, as well as the appearance of sexism and misogynistic lyrics of the music and within this new culture, show the possibility of a violent and criminal culture that has developed along with the 'rap game'. While the physical appearance of gangsters may have transitioned from the tailored suits of the 1940's to the to the expensive and flashy chains and sneakers of today's definition, the idea is the same: illegal activities, drugs, and a culture of immorality runs their lives.
Drugs and Violence Define the Life Style of the Poor and Dangerous in Rap Music The art of music is one of mankind’s greatest influences on society because it stimulates youth culture. Music in the twenty-first century has become a very intensely debated subject due to the increasing trend of swear words, profanity, and harsh portrayals of life by many rap artists. The harsh portrayals revolve around urban areas and their increasing amounts of violence, drug abuse, and deaths. The lyrics used by these artists may seem initially basic; however when they are analyzed properly and scrutinized word for word, the true message can then be revealed and appreciated. Listening to the song alone does not achieve the full effect of understanding the artists’ message.
Therefore rap came to be the main way of expressing social oppression in black communities. Rappers best represented lives that lacked love ,fewer opportunities, and disgust with law enforcement. Dyson argues his beliefs on rap and its representation “Representing history is within reach of those who seize the opportunity to speak for themselves, to represent their own interest at all cost. Therefore gangsta rap is always involved in controversial representation. Constant attacks on homosexuals and women show the battle between cultural differences in many of gangsta rappers.