From the 2pacs of the world to the Ludacris’s, rap has rapidly transitioned into the music industry in the past twenty-five years to become a global art form for many around the globe. However, much like every other form of music, rap has listeners who don’t approve of it, therefore accusing the genre of causing violent-oriented influence on the youth. This is where Eminem would be introduced to the topic; Eminem is one of the world's best-selling music artists. He has been listed and ranked as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, Selling more than 80 million albums and over 120 million singles worldwide. Being as well renowned as he is, he works as a clear-cut example of many other artists who are accused of being an influence for violence for the youth. Music much like everything else could be altered towards the bad however, it depends on what you take from it; even the youth should have a certain sense of differentiation, which in this case is being able to take the positive from rap. Eminem could be considered a symbol for many artists, because rap contains a very large teenager fan base. Eminem being as famous as he is, uses a format many rappers if not most use, which is profanity. Profanity is one of the main reasons rap could be seen as a ‘vulgur’ form of music. Now these uses of profanity could be harmful if people got used to swearing, but the real ignorance lies in ignoring the message of the music because of a certain swear word used. Eminem for example is constantly seen singing about his personnel life whether it be his domestic problems with his wife and kids or problems with other rappers. Now again for many it could be just another rapper ‘babbling’ about his life in the ‘ghetto’... ... middle of paper ... ...re, that differentiation is the real difference and violence isn’t something merely triggered by hip-hop. Refrences Beresin, E. V. (1999). Media violence and youth. Academic Psychiatry, 23(2), 111. Retrieved from: http://ezproxy.aus.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/196504193?accountid=16946 Ross,M (2012). This Eminem May Melt Your Ears. In A. Abusalim Where I stand: The center and the periphery (1st ed, pp.253-254) Pearson: London Bump, P. (2014, January 7). As Hip-Hop Became More Popular, Crime Dropped. Thanks, Hip-Hop!. The Wire. Retrieved April 26, 2014, from http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/01/how-hip-hop-music-ended-violent-crime-united-states-sort/356783/ ROBERT HILBURN. (1989). RAP: Striking tales of black frustration and pride shake the pop mainstream. Los Angeles, Calif: Times Mirror Company.
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“If rap music appears to be excessively violent when compared to country-western or popular rock, it is because rap stems from a culture that has been seeped in the fight against political, social, and economic oppression.” For many artists, rapping about violence, gangs, and drugs is just a way of reflecting on what some of the rappers live through every day. Many rap artists come from housing projects, areas of poverty, and ghettos in which violence is commonplace. Because of this, some people argue that lyrical violence in rap is not harming the youth, but yet it is an outcry of existing problems that many African-Americans living in slums and facing deep economic equalities carried on generation by generation face every
Today our society is bursting at the seams with violence. There is fighting in other countries like Kosovo, shootings in schools, and violence on television. In my opinion, though, nothing has a greater effect on the youth of America than rap music. However, this isn’t a new issue, there has been violence in rap music for years. Such as, gang violence, references to drive-by shootings and homicides in songs. Since this is such a broad topic I will explore the violent side and history of the industry, the lyrics, as well as the artists.
Across the world teens feel like they’re losing their voice. In an Independent article, a magazine I found online, Geraldine says “Rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70 percent in the past 25 years” With such a high percentage teens feel like no one can help them and that they have no one to talk to about their problems so they tend to start breaking away from their families and depend more on music. Hip Hop gives teens a chance to feel like they have someone to talk to or someone who understands what they’re going through because a lot of what the artists rap about are life situations that they’ve gone through throughout their lives. Not everyone will understand the message of Hip Hop. “Over the years the instruments change, but the message is the same… They’re telling us something. Our children can hear it” (Mcbride 11) Rappers all have different skills, but it’s all based on telling a story. As long as Rappers tell a story all they need is the right people to listen to those stories, in this case, teens are the people that really understand the message. Hip Hop does sometimes talk about violence but it’s not always about violence, it’s what people make it seem like and if the older generations don’t listen to rap or Hip Hop then they will associate rap with gangs but what they won’t know is that it’s also about
In the last twenty years, a new form of music widely referred to as rap has gained national attention as it popularity surged with young adults and racial minorities. Through the development of rap since its inception, the perception of rap have gradually changed to a form of negativity as lyrics within rap glorifies negative aspects of society. Specifically, the sub-genre of gangsta rap was developed by rappers such as Notorious B.I.G and Ice Cube where it quickly gained influence as one of the main concepts associated with rap. Given its strong popularity with the younger population, many critics have argued that rap will influence the audience towards negative effects as it incorporates violent, sexual, and extravagant concepts in its lyrics.
“Music plays a vital role in a teen’s life,” said Brad H. Reddick, M.D. and Eugene V. Beresin, M.D. (New Research Explores 1). Thomas L. Jipping claims that “… gangsta rap glamorizes violence, rape, and murder, and could be harmful to vulnerable young people” (Haugen 75). A recent studies result that was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, showed that songs that contained violent lyrics increased aggressive thoughts and feelings. “A study performed in 1999 with a sample of 345 mothers from public schools revealed that 47% of the mothers believed that violent messages in rap music contribute to school violence” (Impact of Music 5). A study was done in 1997 by DuRant et al. In this study, it revealed that “the percentage of violence in music videos ranged from 11.5% to 22.4%, with the most violent videos having been presented on MTV. When analyzed according to type of music, rap videos had the highest portrayal of violence (20.4%), closely followed by rock videos (19.8%)” (Impact of Music 5). Western Connecticut State University conducted research and found that people who listened to music with violent lyrics were more likely to be violent. Also, rap music was started in poor urban communities, in which violence might have been controlled poorly. Social and economical factors contribute greatly to the appearance of
Since the 1970s, our society has been negatively influenced by rap. If you were to stroll by the streets more than half the teenagers in sight are likely to be hearing this music. However, allowing teens with developing brains is extremely dangerous. This is because rap can affect a child’s cognitive development. Not only does rap contain derogatory terms and explicit content, it also exposes kids to things like dropping out of school, incarceration, homophobia and prostitution. It can be very offending to women, as well. After all, it materializes women. Our next generation is being affected by this; do we really want our country to become even more violent?
The lyrics of many rap songs encourage violent and aggressive thoughts in teenagers. Many teens don’t realize that the music they are listening to affects the way they think. According to Morrison, a columnist whose writings focus on the impact of the choices people face every day, “Words do have meanings, meanings suggest thoughts, and thoughts lead to action” (Morrison). Even if the person isn’t affected right away by the violent lyrics of most today’s rap songs, eventually they will become more prone to certain thoughts. As Morrison stated, “In experiments on over 500 college students . . . subjects were found to experience an increase in aggressive thoughts after listening to songs with violent lyrics. Those subjected to the mean music were more apt to connect hostile meanings to words deemed to be violence neutral by the researchers” (Morrison). In time, words that aren’t intended to cause malicious thoughts, suddenly take on new meanings. Travis L. Dixon, who studies Communication at the University of ...
Imagine our youth all over the country being exposed to this explicit kind of language. There is no need to imagine, because it is already happening. Ever since the rise of Rap and Hip Hop music, teens have been turning to them to help solve their problems. However these kinds of music can be very destructive to teens. It is not the youth’s fault; it is the content that the music contains. Although Rap and Hip Hop music can be a force for good, they can also have an extremely negative impact on the attitudes and behaviors of our youth.
Have you ever watched a rap song’s music video? If yes, what did you notice about it? The amount of drugs, alcohol, and violence in it, or the swearing, stacks of money, and highly expensive items? Rappers mainly associate their music with very negative aspects to life. A great example of this is the excessive talk of alcohol and drug abuse throughout their music. Drugs and alcohol are both substances which humans use in order to become intoxicated. With a boundless use of either substance, it can lead to overdose and even bring irreversible effects onto the user, such as organ damage, and in extreme cases, death. However, in rap music, drugs and alcohol are commended. This gives teenagers the impression that substance abuse is fun and cool. This contributes to the curiosity youth will have about drugs and alcohol, and can influence them to begin experimenting. On top of that, the rap industry likes to incorporate much violence and glamorize gang life in their music. For instance, many rap artists have taken part in the west coast versus east coast rivalry. This rivalry has led to the deaths of several famous rap artists, including Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. The type of behaviour shown inside the rivalry influences teenagers to believe that a violent, gang related lifestyle is okay, when in fact it is
“Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?” Recognized all around the hip-hop community, this popular phrase references the infamous rapper Marshal Bruce Mathers III. Alias Eminem, Marshal Mathers is special because he is arguably the most successful white artist in the hip-hop world. As an a-list celebrity, Eminem is highly admired and considered to be a big time star in Hollywood. His music involves a style of rap that many people relate to and love. However, there are also critics ready to analyze the message that Eminem is offering within his rap lyrics and crude tone. When performing for his fans, Eminem transforms into a passionate artist, and has been given the alternate nickname Slim Shady. It is evident that Slim Shady puts his whole heart into creating his music, through his drive for success. Examining his true accomplishments, some people wonder why Eminem has received so much praise and recognition. While some will make Eminem there idol, still others condemn him and blame his music for containing offensive material and the corrupting the youth in this generation. Are these people being fair with their assessments and accusations? How has Marshal Bruce Mathers III, alias Eminem, alter ego Slim Shady, affected the hip-hop culture as well as this generation in the 21st century?