Rap Music Influence On Teenagers

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Rap music has negative influences on teenagers and youth lives, as they are drawn to the lifestyle of drugs, sex, and violence, which is contained in the music lyrics and videos. Research has supported this, arguing that exposure for a long time to this music is likely to affect the overall mood, behavior, perceptions, and create fantasies among the youths (Miranda and Claes, 2004). This has had significant influences on their behaviors at school and at home. Parents are concerned, since they are unaware of the lyrics, as the teenagers prefer to download the songs and listen the music through the headphones. Research has proven that popular rap music effects explore the student schoolwork, social interactions, moods, and overall behavior. The …show more content…

The explicit sexual language used had significant influence on the teenagers and youths in the major areas surveyed. The research proved that the lyrics have significant influences on the student behaviors in their schools. The lyrics are associated with alcohol and marijuana abuse. Most of the rap music portray images whereby youths and teenagers use guns, feel violence, and create gangs to terrorize and become popular. The negative lyrics create impacts on the listener, making him/her have negative perceptions and fantasies in life. A survey was conducted among 2760 Americans. They proved that teenagers between the age of 14 and 17 years listened to rap music about 40 hours in a week. In England, research surveyed on 2500 adolescents proved that they listened to rap music at least 3 hours per day. Among the sixth graders, the black community listened to rap music about 89% of their time per week (Miranda and Claes, 2004). Many adolescents and children listened to the music through their iPhones and IPads. Research argues that students develop their attitude based on the music they listen. Rap music videos make reference to increased drug abuse, sex, and violence. The listener is always influenced to bring the ideas they attain through music …show more content…

Additionally, the artists used in their performances are educated and well-informed on what they do. The use of vulgar and inappropriate English often characterizes the environment that most Black minorities have in the United States (Wingood et al., 2003). Copying the style of dressing and the use of poor language structure is likely to result in low grades for teenagers. Parents are required to educate their children despite their interest in rap music. Children should also be educated on the negative perception that materialistic possessions are not a form of winning sexual advantages in the society. In the end, the music is created with the main themes of sex, drug abuse, and immorality that cause negative effects on the life of teenagers (Elligan, 2004). In this case, the listener should always be wise to ensure that the music does not have a negative impact on behaviors, mood, and sexual orientations in the

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