Is Hip-Hop Music Ruining Our Teenagers?

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Is Hip-Hop Music Ruining Our Teenagers?
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Ja’Quarious Baker
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Is hip hop ruining our teenager’s lives? A lot of people say that it is. Statistics show that teenagers that listen to Hip Hop music are typically more violent, and also a lot more social. The use of profane language absurd music videos and promotion of drugs and other substances is often the cause to be. But look past all the speculations and see if you see the culture, the moral value, and the just all around uplifting mood you get from listening to rap music. Rap music has always been under microscope for its brand of misogyny.(Hip-Hop Objectifies Women But So Does Society) While the blame for violent teens has shifted towards rap music, it still has a small bit of positive supporters. When you listen to rap music your first thought is "God No turns this mess off." Yet us, as in society lacks to see the positive in the lyrics. Rap music was one of the beginning ways that people sought to speak out against the government. In the usual case nobody would say anything, but in 1980s that all would change. In the mid-1980s the music industry was shaken up with the birth of gangster rap.(The Negative Influence of Gangster Rap and What Can Be Done About It) Groups such as Schoolly D and N.W.A were among the first to pioneer gangster rap. N.W.A's publicity attacked the police force and got away with it. Their work depicted acts of violence; discrimination and sex in a way that made them seem commonplace acceptable. The lyrics of these tracks and the images of the albums in general promote only violence, sex, and living a "gangster life." Some of the artist responsible is Dr.Dre Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, and Ice-T. Dr. Dre established Death Row Records in 1992. After studying 522 black girls between the ages of 14 and 18 from non-urban, lower socioeconomic neighborhoods, researchers found that compared to...
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