Negative Effects of Rap Music

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Is today “Gangster rap” and rappers corrupting society, introducing drugs and provoking violence? In the mid-1980s Gangster rap came to be depicting images of violence, guns, gangs, drugs, and sexism. By the 1990s rap music became a major part of the industry and topped the charts. As people began to want different things; different music was created and that contributed to the variety of music that we have today. This is one of the many things that makes America different but is severely under looked by everyone. The way it effects your emotion can either get the blood pumping with a quick adrenaline boost or can cause severe depression. It can be a positive or negative mental change, physical, and psychological change. Violent song lyrics increase negative emotions and thoughts that can lead to aggression, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Vol. 84, No. 5) [1]. Western Connecticut state university student Eliana Tropeano did a study examining the effects of watching violent rap videos. Tropeanos’ experiment found that videos containing violent lyrics, and degrading behaviors made the individual feel and conduct themselves in a more aggressive manner. The effects of how music provokes violence has been examined by many, this is due to the amount of people listening to music every day. Research has proven that exposure to such violence through the media heightens the youths chances of having similar aggressive thoughts and behaviors. In 1986 N.W.A released their first debut album introducing more explicit lyrics and violent destructive images in their videos such as “F—Tha Police”. This pushed other west coast rappers to begin u... ... middle of paper ... ...Journal of Undergraduate Psychological Research2006, Vol .http://library.wcsu.edu/dspace/bitstream/0/35/1/ ‘Molly’ Drug Glamorized by Stars, Spreading Fast Among Young People http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Healthday/story?id=4569665 Peter Anderson“BURSTEIN EMPHASIZES DANGER OF “MOLLY”http://www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=burstein-emphasizes-danger-molly Aku, Timmhotep. “5 Drugs That Have Hip-Hop Breaking Bad.” Theroot.com. The Root, 12 Aug. 2012. Web. 04 Dec. 2012. . Amal Saleeby Malek “Violence is Language: Is rap Music Causing Violence in America.” http://www.ndu.edu.lb/academics/faculty_research/fh/amal~malek/amalek.pdf Rebecca Janoff “Drug use increasingly glamorized in rap music, according to new study of 2-decade trends”http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-04/mba-dui033108.php

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