Today’s rap messages differ from the 80’s and 90’s, but a few things have stayed. Violent lyrics and the promotion of drug use is not something new, but something that may be causing more issues today. Some people believe that rap music does not promote drug use nor violence, but is an expression of truth in today’s world and emotions the rapper may have. Rap music is one of the key promoters of violence and drug use among society and its listeners today. There was a study that found that listening to rap is far more strongly correlated with property crimes than crimes of violence among urban youth.
To understand the complexity and influence of Kanye West, one must grasp the context of the music industry at his arrival. Hip hop has become one of the most popular forms of music of the 21st century. Unfortunately, rapping was not always considered this beloved genre of music like it is today. In the 80s and 90s, hip hop had an extremely ardent fan base because many critics considered the genre as “gangsta” or “hood” music. This criticism emerged, “with the mainstream success of gangsta rap, where drugs, violence, and misogyny became more prominent” (Holly).
Rock and roll music culture has affected the world we live in today in both positive and negative ways. It has changed the black and white racial barrier and the views on people’s emotions, but it has also negatively affected drug use and some behaviours of others. Rock and roll music culture started as a very small and non harmful thing and it eventually became a popular topic within the media. Slowly, the ways of others began to change as results of listening to rock and roll. They passed these ways on through the generations and today, it now affects our everyday lives in various forms.
Most people have a negative view about rap music because a lot of rap music is about drugs, sex, alcohol, so on and so on. However, that is just parts of rap music there is a positive side to rap music. It is a misconception that rap music is totally negative, there are some artists that write lyrics with uplifting message to encourage their listeners. There are more and more Christian rap artist the focus on rapping positive message, and they keep their lyrics clean. The positive side of rap music has been underestimated, and rap music can actually benefit teenagers and even benefit the whole society.
It discusses how rap music might have a different effect than what is commonly believed. It is argued that rap might have a therapeutic effect on its listeners rather than inspire to violence and undesirable behavior. It also speaks of the emergence of rap culture as a reaction to gang culture and violence in marginalized areas. It is explained as a reaction to “daily experiences of poverty, racism, exclusion, crime, violence, and neglect” and that rap culture, in its core, “is built on values of social justice, peace, respect, self-worth, community, and having fun.” The article do not neglect that rap often glorifies drug use and violence and misogynistic ideals. However, it also communicates how important it is to challenge preconceptions about rap culture and to understand that it is a complex and multi-dimensional culture with complicated social and historical
Most messages are a reflection of how the youth feels about the system, the police. Hip-hop constitutes of clothing, language (poetic) graffiti art, break dancing, Mcing/ rhyming and beatboxing. This music genre has a prodigious influence on the black community in most parts of America as well as in many diverse societies in the whole world. Hip-hop is apparent as more than just music but a culture. Hip hop speaks to the people, it conveys powerful message to
For example, in rap music, Wiz Kahlifa promotes the usage of weed and he has his own weed company. This influence can causes children to believe that if he is doing this and make making money so can the children. The more the children see celebrities use drugs they feel like it is socially acceptable amongst peers. Furthermore while weed is the most common, drug then there is cocaine and the hallucinogens and then there is heroin users. The question become how can a person tell the difference between a person who is an addict?
Films made within the late 1980s/early 1990s (Menace II Society & Boyz n the Hood) attempted to illustrate the life of modern day African Americans through the celebration of violence, endorsement of mysoginistic masculinity, and the portrayal of women as being promiscuous, drug addicts, and irresponsible mothers(Giardina, 2005). A narrative that further supported the white middle class views of Blacks during this time. Though detrimental, this proved finically beneficial to Hollywood, just as Rap/Hip Hop albums was finically beneficial to the music industry (Giardina, 2005). They both gave a glimpse into what many believed to be authentic black culture. However as time passed this narrative was replaced with a more uplifting one, an attempt
There has been a long time of Hip Hop that has been reactant, communicating disappointments in a culture around bigotry for instance, in the late 1980 's, quite a bit of what we catch wind of with respect to police ruthlessness, stop and search routines and focusing on dark skinned youth. Americans trusted that hip hop music advanced viciousness, belittled ladies and overlooked drug utilization. Albeit a few people say that the verses in some Hip-Hop music are fierce and advance the wrong esteems, Hip Hop "has decidedly influenced" the way individuals think act and dress. Although Hip Hop in America has also brought great positives to their culture and way of life Hip Hop has been key in advancing social and political mindfulness among the adolescent of today. Rap music teaches individuals from a few alternate points of view and raises numerous social issues.
Therefore, Eminem struggled to get his name into the music industry. On the other hand, many believe those who rap or listen to rap are "ghetto." The word ghetto means (n.) a part of a city, especially in a slum area, occupied by a minority group or groups or (v.) to put in or restrict to an isolated group or area. Even the richest adolescents or adults with a healthy lifestyle can listen to rap, but they wouldn 't call themselves ghetto. Calling a rapper or rap itself ghetto music is degrading true talent.
The use of the N-word is offensive to many who come from a Black cultured family. The word comes from negative stereotypes of Black people as unintelligent, and inhuman, this word is not justifying the abuses of African-Americans that are still extended to today’s world. During the 21st century the N-Word became a broadly used word for many young adults, nowadays you hear this word in music, you hear people using it to refer to their friends, and
Misrepresentation of Minorities in Mass Media: African Americans In today’s world, the exchange of information between individuals is largely based on the media alone. Conversations are held through social media sites, the news channels become the deliverers of new waves of specifically chosen stories, and the rest of the media effects the subconscious of the society. Movies, television shows, and “general” knowledge contribute to the rest of the mass media that affects the minds of people. The subconscious of the people can form the characteristics of the young and solidify ideas within the older population. The problem of the current society is that the subconscious ideas transferred to the media is particularly in the favor of Caucasians.
Over the years Marijuana has drastically increased in college dorms, and is affecting a large amount of students. In addition, marijuana is the most common used drug on college campuses. Students may think that doing drugs make you “cool” or “popular”, but in reality it 's just a trend that most student cant help but do. College students may not know the side affects of what marijuana can do to your brain. Introduction to marijuana and its effects on college students.
(McWhorter) This shows how the War on Drugs is affecting blacks, as sending police into black neighborhoods can create a paranoid situation. This may, in turn, cause blacks and police to be more aggressive towards each other, meaning cops may be more likely to shoot blacks. As well as this, “Black boys grow up with fathers locked up and seek validation elsewhere. With drugs illegal, they sell for a markup that provides an ever tempting alternative to legal work for black men underserved by poor schools.”(McWhorter) This demonstrates how blacks are affected by the War on Drugs, since many blacks chose to go down this path. Past discrimination has led many black people to this lifestyle, since it caused them to have a disadvantage.