As we encourage the proper use of Hip-Hop music we will begin to see the positive implications this culture can have on society. This music can be effective at helping the youth build critical thinking skills. Used in the right way, this music can also be a form of self-expression for all walks of life. Reaching into the minds of the youth is not an easy task, however the Hip-Hop culture seems to have mastered this task with ease. It is society 's job to ensure the content being retained from this culture is positive and
Rap music receives a variety of brutal critic from critics attacking the lyric that rappers use. Most people believe that “lyrics should appeal to us, not degrade us” (Glidden3). There is controversy surrounding “some artists accused of rapping sexually inflammatory lyrics” (Encyclopedia4). The actions of a few is causing people to put a bad label on rap in a whole. This bias opinion is becoming the cause of listeners to believe that rap lyrics “are setting a bad example for kids and teens” (Glidden2).
It is true that most artists use explicit language in their music. However, the purpose of their music is not to emphasize the profanity, but rather, to focus on the meaning behind the lyrics. Some may argue that rap and Hip-Hop music encourages violence and vulgar language through the lyrics the artists use and the background the artists come from. A popular problem with rap music is that rap music tend to demean women and show violence and drug abuse through the words used (Krohn). However, the artists focus more on the overall message the song portrays rather than the individual lyric used.
Today’s music is a very controversial topic. Most music genres involve questionable lyrics and messages, along with music videos showing graphic content. Music is said to have a negative influence on teenagers. While hip hop music is explicit and inappropriate for young ages, hip hop and rock music does not cause dangerous behavior because it is a form of expression, it symbolizes culture, and it is for entertainment purposes. First, hip hop music does not cause dangerous behavior because it is for entertainment purposes.
On the research of the University of Missouri states that teenagers who preferred rock music were involved in drug usage, drunk driving, vandalism, poor grades and casual sex. It also states that girls who listen to rock music lack confidence and are depressed. According to the professor of theology and a researcher of the Andrews University states that rock music creates a spirit of being rebellious against God as the artist Marilyn Manson said that people who listened to his music, God may be destroyed in their heads which shows that rock music has a negative effect on teenagers. It cause teenagers to have suicidal thoughts and it has also been blamed for teenagers committing suicide. The West Chester University has found cases that rock music was the cause of adolescence suicides.
Although many refuse to acknowledge the significance of pop music, it has incited the spread of political messages, discussion of taboo topics, and popularization of unorthodox beliefs amongst the American public. Similar to satire, which utilizes humor to defuse the brunt of its criticism, pop music disguises risqué and mildly offensive comments with catchy and innocuous tunes. Furthermore, in the past 50 years, increased globalization has allowed these songs to play a bigger role in changing the prevailing beliefs of the general populace. Following the footsteps of trailblazers, including David Bowie and Madonna, a new wave of pop stars, from Macklemore to Beyoncé, began to realize the groundbreaking power of pop music. Some artists treat
And these are only just a few reasons. There are many more reasons why teens should be able to listen to explicit music. One of the reasons why this is true is because some rap songs have good messages and stories. For example, on the surface, rappers like Kanye West and Tyler, The Creator seem like “gangster” rappers. However, this is a big misconception.
Hip-hop music has changed the world over the years and has influences in all aspects of modern culture including film, fashion, and sports. Rap/Hip-hop is one of the most popular music genres of our time, dating back to the 1960s. In fact, studies show that hip-hop music had more influence on pop music from the 1960s all the way to 2010. I can provide facts all day about rap music but how much do you know about the genre in general? “Rap” is a very old word.
Introduction Contrary to common opinion, hip-hop is a holistic culture and does not refer to rap music alone. According to Ahmed (n.d), hip-hop is the overlying culture from which rap music has its roots. By definition, hip-hop as a culture includes other creative elements and cultural nuances such as breakdancing, turntablism/deejaying, beatboxing, and graffiti (Ahmed, n.d). Initially considered a fad encapsulating the playful tendencies of urban African American teens, hip-hop has evolved into a permanent fixture in America’s entertainment landscape. This paper examines some factors that continue to impact the evolvement of hip-hop.
These days most people who listen to rap/hip-hop are mostly teenagers or young adults. Hip-Hop can affect these people’s ways of thinking and could possibly influence them enough to make them want to be just like their favorite Hip-Hop idols. Additionally, this could make them more aggressive and have a higher chance of taking drugs (oureverydaylife). However, not all Hip-Hop is bad; some Hip-Hop songs actually can help some people who are going through tough times or depression. Also, some hip hop songs could motivate people to follow their dreams and to never give up because once they see their idol’s struggles before they were famous they would know that anything is possible if you don’t give up.