I believe all rappers should be considered poets. They rhyme and show emotion in their words like poets. Although you may not always like their words, beats, or anything they do they still are just giving their opinion. It is their words and their emotions they are expressing nobody else’s. I also believe that you can’t be influenced by something that isn’t already significant in your own life. Nobody that has never been shot is going to be influenced by 50 cent. Nobody who has never been a dope dealer or been around them is going to be influenced to sell drugs just because they here it in a song.
Even the great Rev. Al Sharpton has declared war on the rap industry. He says that he doesn’t hate rap music, but he wants to make sure rappers are getting the right messages across to listeners. People like this just don’t understand that rappers aren’t trying to promote violence and drugs they’re just saying how they feel on the subject. Even though they do go overboard sometimes and even I can’t agree with some of their lyrics. Isn’t that just like having a poet who speaks about death as if it maybe joyous, and of course not everybody is going to like the poem. People always seem to try and separate rappers who talk about partying and violence from rappers who talk about love and political content. In the end they’re all the same poets who use music to express themselves.
Even the history of rap and hip-hop will prove that rap and hip-hop is nothing more than a style of poetry. Rap and hip-hop had become popular in the black community during the mid-70's, with the use of vocal "poetry", for rhyming purposes.... [continues]
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