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Musical Influence

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“Music is thought to link all of the emotional, spiritual and physical elements of the universe”. (Cerebromente) If this is so, how does hip hop and rap music affect the younger generation? We know that the younger generations, teens to young adults, are considered very impressionable. Therefore the music they listen to have a huge influence on their life. Today’s hip hop and rap music have three main concepts: marijuana, violence, and sex. These concepts are creating negative influences on the minds of younger generations and are misguiding them. Majority of the hottest follow these concepts. Obviously this is what sells; therefor, corruption of a mind doesn’t matter. Unfortunately, rappers have become the role models of the younger generation. A popular song on the hip hop and rap billboards, ranked number 14, is the song Stoner by Young Thug. This whole song is about drugs; promoting that this is okay. “You know I'm a stoner I love drugs and I can't never be token”. (Yung Thug)While this song has a very alluring beat, the music could have a subconscious effect on your brain provoking the use marijuana. As a teen myself, I have heard many of my peers say that marijuana is okay. In fact, I have even heard that marijuana was good for you because it’s made from the earth. In effort to find out if this was a myth or not, I decided to research it. “Marijuana use impairs a person's ability to form new memories and to shift focus. THC also disrupts coordination and balance by binding to receptors in the cerebellum and basal ganglia—parts of the brain that regulate balance, posture, coordination, and reaction time. Therefore, learning, doing complicated tasks, participating in athletics, and driving are also affected. Marijuana user... ... middle of paper ... ...ders top Afghanistan death toll." WND. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Mar. 2014. . "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs." Billboard. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Mar. 2014. . "Marijuana Abuse." How does marijuana use affect your brain and body?. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Mar. 2014. . "Music and the Brain." Music and the Brain. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. . "Why Music Makes You Happy." DNews. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Mar. 2014. . "Young Thug – Stoner Lyrics." Rap Genius. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Mar. 2014. .
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