Degrading women, forming stereo types, talking about gang violence, drugs, guns, and so on. I’m not saying all but the hip hop and rap that the majority of teens listen to include these issues and feel that these things are right. Yes, maybe I am cowardly for saying these things because I listen to it too but what I noticed listening to songs from Lil Wayne, Juelz Santana, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Lil Wyte, 3 6 Mafia, and many more famous music artists is that every song is based on the same purpose just put into different words. Money, Gangs, Nice cars, and degrading women is pretty much what every song is about. Lil Wyte is probably the worst out of them all. In every one of his songs that are commonly named by drugs like “I’m on Acid”, “oxyconton”, and “shoot up the club” I don’t think there is one positive line.
I believe that music that teens listen to effect the way most of us think and act. From seeing how much rappers talk about drugs and seeing how many teens do these drugs makes me think, do they really think its ok to do this just because famous music artist make it seem cool? Gangs and violence is cool because they talk about it? The drug use, drug dealing, and violence in high schools every where is honestly getting ridiculous and I think that rap and hip hop plays a major role in it. There are very few positive rappers in the music industry today. Common and Lupe Fiesco are two that I can name that talk about real issues and always bring new, positive, real songs out.
This kind of music really does effect people in a lot of ways, some are too smart to actually follow what these music artists say, but on the other hand some people think that a song about acid is cool and thinks that it would be even cooler to do. I experienced this with a friend of mine. After the song “I’m on acid” came out from Lil Wyte a good friend of mine, actually a couple of them decided that they wanted to try it. Honestly to me that is probably one of the worst drugs and I would never do it just because a song is about it and it sounded like it would be fun.
I feel that the rap and hip hop industry wouldn’t be as popular as it is today if every rapper had a positive vibe. I believe that if every rapper did have a positive vibe it wouldn’t play such a negative role in teens life’s today. I wish that parents would not let little kids listen to this kind of music until they are a certain age and mature enough to know that it is night cool to mimic everything they say. This, I believe.
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