Rap/Hip-Hop Music and Its effect on Youth
Everyday, hundreds-of-thousands of Rap/Hip-Hop songs are downloaded and listened to by today’s youth (I-Tunes Top Music). For years now, Lyrics to Rap or Hip-Hop Music have been full of Suggestive Ideas and explicit phrases. The ideas and philosophies that Rap music attempts to bestow upon its listeners are seemingly unavoidable. For example, if somebody were to listen to a completely random Rap song written in the last decade, chances are they will be encouraged to take part in drug usage and/or sexual activity throughout those three-to-four minutes that the song is being played (Mathis). Of course, this statement is seen as common knowledge and is not noted as much of a problem to the majority of people in society. Any issue as to what sort of effect these negative lyrics have on listeners is often overlooked. However despite this common view on the matter, the effects of Rap music on young people should be taken very seriously. Regulation on the lyrics of Rap/Hip-Hop Music is more than necessary because of the extreme negative effect they have on the young people of today.
Before analyzing the actual effects of suggestive Rap and Hip-Hip music or looking at any alternatives to their destructive lyrics, the actual issue itself must be taken into account. This issue is the fact that Rap and Hip-Hop lyrics are not suitable for today’s youth. Major studies show that a very high percentage of Rap songs promote negative activity. One of the more frightening realities about Rap music is that eighty-five percent of Rap songs written in 2006 promote violence (Renee). This percentage has increased over the past few years and will only continue to increase in the future according to current trends. Another notable piece of data is that approximately ninety-five percent of the current top one hundred Rap/Hip-Hop albums on I-Tunes contain explicit language and/or phrases promoting drug usage and sexual activity (I-Tunes Top...
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