Rock and Rap Does Not Have a Bad Influence on Teenagers

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Since the early years of mans existence music has always been a medium in which man has been able to express himself. Music is mostly loved by everybody. When was the last time you have heard someone say, "I hate music."? Lately though, music has been criticized for corrupting a teenager’s mind. Rap is being blamed for crimes and murders in cities all over the world and heavy metal is being blamed for giving teens only dark thoughts in their minds. Although the media and public criticize rap and rock music and blame it for influencing teens negatively, they actually give many teenagers an outlet from their life problems.

Recently music has become an excuse for bad parenting. Parents love to blame musicians like Snoop Dogg and Eminem to bands like system of a down and Limp Bizkit for their child's problems. Before accusing musicians perhaps the family background of the person committing the crime should be looked into. Most criminals come from poor, torn, deprived and dysfunctional families. When my friends and i hears lyrics from Eminem, we do not go out and do what he says. Lyrics from Eminem and other similar lyrics are for entertainment only. If people did whatever they heard, then everybody would be evil and corrupted. I hear far worse words and phrases during school than on a rap album, and the words do not affect me or anybody else otherwise everybody in school would run around shooting people and doing drugs.

Rappers are blamed constantly for crimes. In 1988, rapper Ice-T was under unnecessary pressure from the media because of a song he wrote called, "Cop Killa". Once that song was released several police murderers were reported to having said that they killed the cops because they were influenced by Ice-T's song. But is it Ice-T's fault for these crimes, or is it the fault of the person committing these crimes against the police. Having said that, i have heard that particular song numerous times, why haven’t I gone and killed a cop? Musician should...
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