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Crimes are now usually classified as mala in se, which includes acts, such as murder, so offensive to morals as to be obviously criminal; and mala prohibita, which are violations of specific regulatory statutes, such as traffic violations, that ordinarily would not be punishable in the absence of statutory enactments prohibiting the commission of such acts. In most cases, crimes, including treason, that are mala in se are called felonies and are punished more severely than those that are mala prohibita, most of the latter falling into the category of misdemeanors. Nearly everyone in America has been touched by crime in one way or another. There are reports of murders, arson, robberies, etc. every night on the news.
The statement is supported by the extract below: “At its best rap is a powerful indictment of racism, oppression, and violence that calls our attention to the crises of the inner cities and vividly describes the plight of Africans…At its worst, G-Rap is itself racist, sexist and glorifies violence, being little but a money vehicle that is part of the problem rather than the solution.” (A Contested Terrain section, para. 8 &9) The extract stated that rap music is the best way to indicate there are problems occurring in the inner cities, which are racism, oppression, and violence. Rap music also describes clearly the serious condition in the African-American society. On the other hand, rap music, especially gangsta rap ironically racist, despite its purpose of condemning racism. Rap music, the author argues, is gender biased and promoting vio... ... middle of paper ... ...music is associated with substances abuse, social status, glamour and wealth.
Oh yeah that’s normal. Due to the ever-changing acceptance of these degrading lyrics people believe it is okay to act just how many rappers claim to act. Their songs are commonly disrespectful towards women highlight the use of many drugs. How rap influences our society is important, it changes cultures, reprimands the laws of drugs, and going further it can influence people to commit acts of violence. Violence seem to be committed more by the youth of cultures because the culture of rap and hip hop have influenced it.
This locates the birth of Hip-Hop in cradles of disenfranchisements, the hood. Hip-hop worked as a megaphone, a magnifying glass that candidly told whoever would listen about the hardships, injustice and racism faced by those living in American ghettos. It worked as a tool to tell the stories of the people living there in order to build empathetic conversatio... ... middle of paper ... ...ity not only suffer emotionally but candidly express this pain. These artists are able to both present this hyper-masculine image and at the same time reflect on his moral shortcoming. It is this apologetic regretful nature of drug narratives that allow the artists to become folk heroes.
Despite heavy criticism over the years rap music painted a picture of the harsh realities and oppression of individuals in inner city areas in the United States and served as effective means of resistance. In “Criteria of Negro Art”, W.E.B Du bois claims that all art is propaganda and is created to convey a message. In addition, Du Bois believed art can be used for the purpose of racial uplift, especially in the African-American community. He also ponders how art produced by African-Americans will be perceived by society. African-Americans or oppressed groups in general have been dehumanized in society, therefore, it would appear difficult for the groups that are higher in power to take their work in consideration.
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Rose argues that hip hop music in the 1990’s when it really began to make a name for itself came out with bang that seemed to slap many unsuspecting people in the face with its crude lyrics and “I don’t care” mentality. She gives quotes and respect to many groups of that time such as NWA and Public Enemy who gave face to the up rise of gangster rap and gave a window into the lives that black men and women where actually living. This helps my argument because I mainly was going to quote lyrics from the 1990’s because that was when rap was most political. I am however going to quote some more recent rappers such as Eminem to show how that decade has still rolled over to today’s generation.