Negative Affects of Hip-Hop Music

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Hip-hop music has been an integral part of the American culture since the 1970s. Hip-hop music, which encompasses rapping, disc jockeying, break dancing, and graffiti writing, has become so popular that American culture has adopted the music in mainstream fashion and modern language. The conflict on whether hip-hop music is “art or poison” has been continuous. Some Americans support hip-hop as an essential art form, while others dispute that hip-hop has harmful effects on the American culture. The culture associated with the music has drastically changed. The marketing executives frequently seek out the hip-hop artists for promotional purposes because of their widespread audience. In today’s culture, hip-hop music affects the youth population above all. Hip-hop music has negatively affected the American culture, primarily the youth, by promoting illegal activities, violent behavior, and sexual promiscuity. Young Americans are highly attracted to the illegal activities promoted by hip-hop music. Statistically, most young people purchase the music, and adopt the lifestyle portrayed in the lyrics. Through television, music videos, and other visual media forms, hip-hop artists are portraying negative stereotypes and acting in a manner that promotes corruption. These negative messages condone the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Hip-hop artists such as Cash Money and most recently Rick Ross promotes usage and the sale of illegal substances. Subsequently, the American youth imitates these artists because the wealth, status, and lifestyle lure them in like a hypnotism spell. Acquiring the flashy lifestyle sometimes pays a price not only to the individuals seeking it, but the American society as well. For example, a popular urban television show called “The Wire” mainly depicts the youth as drug dealers. In the television show, these young people get led toward more dangerous lifestyle starting with selling drugs on the corner. On a larger scale these...
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