Rap Music Controversy

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Since rap music made its way to the music scene, it has been a topic of much dispute and argument. Rap music controversy seems to continuously grow parallel to the popularity of the music itself. People have been taking sides on the issue on whether rap music is proper or not — or if it is even to be considered as music in the first place.

It all started smooth at first, the music was whimsical with a little funny scratching sound in the background. Hip-hop music with its rhymes and wonderful low-frequency beat is the music everybody dances to on the dance floor. Some elders say it’s only a trend, just the kids singing (and dancing) their heart out, nothing serious about it. However, music evolves as younger generations create a unique beat from time to time. It’s as if every generation tries to define their identity with the music they create.

Suddenly, The Old Rap, which frolicked more on the rhythm than the lyrics, begins to emerge into a new form. The drumbeats resounded with cramming break beats, crazier scratchings, and the biggest controversy of all — content totally shifted. The lyrics morphed into nasty, violent, and scandalous words; moms and dads listen with contempt and swear not to let their kids get an ear for that kind of music, or noise, as they will probably call it. On the other hand, youngsters found rap appealing and they love jamming to it madly.

Rap music controversy escalated when Gangsta Rap was introduced to the world. The lyrics of so many songs talk about killing with the sounds of gun shots in the background. This level of rap was criticized because of its graphic sexual content and its promotion of violence. Explicit lyrics include talks about drugs and women are referred to with derogatory adjectives.

Rap continues to evoke a clash of ideas and concepts between critics, who say rap music glorifies violence, and artists who are claiming their freedom to express themselves and tell their...
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