Rap Music Thesis

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Since the beginning of its creation in 1970 rap music has always been judged. People think of rap in a negative way because of the subjects it normally references. In some cases this is understandable but in most cases it is not. Rap just like any other form of music is a way to express thoughts and feelings that not everyone can relate to but this doesn’t mean individuals should be able to criticize the music and its listeners based off the lyrical content.
Rap music has always been an intriguing topic in society. It was created in the 1970s and continues through the present. There have been drastic changes since the commercial success for the Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rappers Delight” in 1979. The way rappers convey the message is completely different
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If a person were to conduct a survey on which genre of music people consider the most indecent, most would choose rap music. It’s quite obvious that the majority of people have a negative view on rap music; people believe that it is meaningless, misogynistic, extremely violent, and detrimental to the progression of African American life. These ideas are understandable, but they are oftentimes incorrect. There are countless songs made by rap artists that are sexist, violent, and meaningless, but that shouldn’t lead someone to generalize the whole genre as being that way. There are numerous rap songs and albums that go completely against what the majority of people think of the genre. The Hip hop industry consists of mostly African American musicians. Since blacks are often alienated in society, their music seems to be too. People often give rappers negative labels such as “gangster” or “thug”, which are discriminatory words that people have often used to describe African Americans in the media. There is an everlasting double standard in music. as people bash rap music for being sexist and violent, other genres of music such as country or alternative have the same themes, but they’re vulgar lyrics go…show more content…
There have been many rap songs and albums that have been very meaningful, and have gained millions of fans that appreciate their music. For example, on Kendrick Lamar’s debut album Good Kid, m.A.A.d City, each song is a piece of his life story. He describes his struggles growing up in the ghettos of Compton, California. Kendrick addresses situations such as gang violence, peer pressure, and oppressed women. On the song “The Art of Peer Pressure”, Kendrick describes the inner conflict that he dealt with at a young age, trying to distinguish right from wrong in certain situations. Another major theme on the album is violence. The unfortunate fact is that when people hear violent lyrics in rap music, they automatically think that the rapper is a violent person. . Contrary to popular belief, there have been songs dedicated to the empowerment of women in a male-dominant society. For example, in J. Cole’s song “Crooked Smile”, he is speaking to women who think that they have to meet certain expectations for men to accept them. More specifically, he explains that women shouldn’t have to make themselves perfect for anyone because nobody’s perfect. The title “Crooked Smile” refers to his crooked teeth that he’s had since childhood, as a way for listeners to relate to him. In the song, he raps, “We don’t look nothing like the people on the screen, you know the movie stars, picture perfect beauty queens, but we
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