History Of Rap Music

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Willie Haymer
Ms. Rodgers
English 4
23 February 2018
History of Rap Music
America has come a long way regarding its musical styles, we have had some great musical artists, all of different types and styles and the music industry continues to grow. There are Blues, Country, Gospel, Jazz, Rock, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop/Rap and more. When we look into the history of America’s musical genres, we will discover hip hop/rap. Hip Hop/Rap was a music filled with fun, rhythm and rhyme, with a little Jamaican twist. Hip Hop/Rap music is one of America’s most popular music styles of our time. However, there is some controversy concerning the violent influence Rap Music has on our community and in our society. There are those who think rap music is not harmful
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Rap lyrics today is very degrading, the lyrics encourages a disrespectful response to our young women and sway our young men into domestic abuse, alcohol abuse and drug use. Most people, older men and women are totally against the derogatory language used in these lyrics. Armstrong (2001) conducted a content analysis of 490 rap songs from 1987 to 1993, in which 22% contained lyrics featuring violence against women including assault, rape and murder. His study classified rap songs into different categories in which rappers either pride themselves on sex acts appearing to harm women, justify other acts of violence, warn women who challenge male domination that they will be assaulted, and/or seem to invite male violence against women (Armstrong, 2001). Weitzer and Kubrin (2009) conducted a follow-up study analyzing the portrayal of women in 403 rap songs through a content analysis, in which themes of derogatory naming and shaming of women; sexual objectification of women; distrust of women; legitimation of violence against women; and celebration of prostitution and pimping appeared at the greatest frequency. Sexual objectification was found to occur in 67% of the misogynistic lyrics in their songs sampled (Weitzer & Kubrin, 2009). This study further examined the frequency of explicit music…show more content…
The lyrics propel the listener and the listener act or react to it. Our young women being one of it targets, and even they sometimes enjoy it, ignorantly. The horrible language, the use of intoxicating drink and drug use is poisoning the minds of the younger generation. Rap music has great effects concerning dress-style and attitudes. The young people and some older ones are consumed with the vulgarity of the lyrics. This sends an “I don’t care message, “and most teens, it seems, have adopted the same attitude. These are the influences Rap music places in the mind of its
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