The Effects of Rap Music on Children

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Xavier Miranda
Professor John Mammen
English 1301
23 June 2012
The Effects of Rap Music on Children
“There is no danger of developing eyestrain from looking on the bright side of things.” This quote fits perfectly with this topic. Too many people look at the negativities in music, Rap music to be specific. Rap music can have negative effects on those who listen to it, but just as easily and equally have a positive and beneficial outcome. Yes, many rappers use vulgar derogative terms to describe women and may influence its listeners to break the law or things of the like; but it can also open our eyes, we can learn new things from it and it can influence us to be better people and do things, good things, with our lives. Now Rap isn’t anything new it’s been around since about the 1970’s and been influencing those who listen to it for about 40 years now (“Rap”). When people hear the term “rap music” their initial thought will be “that’s bad” or “that’s demeaning to women” which in a sense is true. For example the song “Walk this way” performed by Aerosmith and Run D.M.C. is about how a young high school student is lead through his first sexual experience by a debauched cheerleader. In a better known song “Make it Rain” by Fat Joe he says “Owwwww mami's body is banging, man/ she got it, man/ she does it all She gets it popping with no hands” And then there’s the song almost everybody knows by Jay-Z. “99 problems”, where he refers to women as “bitches”. Songs like these make women seem like tools and expendable creatures, and may influence children that listen to this type of rap to treat women as such, “but many of them were influenced as teenagers by gangster rap. Perhaps I should start using words like, niggers, hoes and slut-bitches since I would only be reflecting my society's music” (Leary). But the best example, to make this point clear, is the music video “Every girl” by “Young Money”. In the video there are females dressed promiscuously throughout and...
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