The Effects of Rap on Inner Cities

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Do you believe that one's words can reflect on a certain person's action? Today, Rap has become the most popular type of music in the US. The Rap industry is dominated by artists' who mostly dedicate their lyrics to either violence, drugs, or sex. Through 1998 and 1999 the survey taken by the National Music Bureau, stated that 46% of the listeners of Rap are under the age of 19. While 65% of the listeners, live in run-down homes, or impoverished areas, usually being inner cities. The National Music Bureau also reported that in the 66% of the listeners of Rap who are under the age of 19, 86% of those teen-agers are black. Along with that fact, many of the artists sing about their ghettos, and their past ways of life, which included, drugs, sex, murder, and alcohol. The listeners of rap living in run down areas in the inner cities see themselves in the same situation as many of the rap artists', and duplicate what they hear. So although a person may be responsible for his or her action, rap music dramatically affects the lives of America's inner cities and slums.

In this day and age, of the biggest problems in America has become teen pregnancy. 68% of 18-year old have had sexual intercourse, while half of 17-year old have had sexual intercourse. To add to that, 6 in 10 girls between the ages of 18-19 become pregnant. While pregnancy rates among teens continue to rise, rappers continue to rap and call themselves "Playa's" and rap about their, "bitches," and sexual encounters. In a song titled "The B.I.G" Notorious B.I.G AKA Biggie Smalls says "Please don't shoot up your guns, ‘cause one of these ladies will be havin' my baby." Of the 66% of the listeners of rap, who are under the age of 19, 26% of them are women. Biggie is promoting sexual activity, and a bad message is being sent out to all women. Another important fact is that every year 3 million teens; about 1 in 4 sexually experienced teens acquire a Sexually Transmitted Disease (S.T.D). Another rapper, "Masta' Pimp" begins each song by saying "Pimpin' Aint Easy!" In a song by Masta' Pimp titled "The Way of Life," Masta' Pimp says "From the ghetto to where all my hooches at, I'll ride for life, f$%# da condoms, ‘cause I'll f$%@ all da' bitches for life." While Masta' Pimp talks about his "hooches" in his ghetto, 60% of sexually active teens between the ages 15-19 come from low income families, and usually live in run down ghetto's or bad neighborhoods. At the same time, Masta' Pimp is promoting the doing away of condoms, and it is proven that a sexually active teen-ager who doesn't use protection has a 90% chance of pregnancy within one year. Another devastating statistic is that of the 60% of teen-age mothers living in inner-cities or slums, much like many of the rap artists'. 21% of the women who have babies are forced to drop out of school, and raise their children. This takes them out of the work force, and hard working citizens are forced to pay higher taxes, with welfare rates going up. The rap artists' are not only effecting the 21% of the 60% that choose to raise their children, but the 41% that choose to have abortion are presented with two big problems. Not only is abortion costly, but 34% of women that have abortions experience side and after effects. Women that choose to have abortions face a 2% chance of dying, and 34% chance of having an ulcers, or falling into states of depression, which many times leads to suicide. So, with teen-pregnancy being a big problem in the US 's rap artists' are only promoting it, and making matters worse. Unlike rap artists' in the early 90's such as MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, and Tone Loc, today's wave of rap artists' focus much of their music on violent crime, mainly murder, and theft. In one of 2-Pac Shakur's greatest hits, he says, "I'm a self made millionaire, thug livin' out of prison pistols in the air." Tupac refers to himself as a thug, and synonyms for the word thug...
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