Dr. Joe Erickson
English 1302 Section 30
8 October 2012
The Music Shaping Our Society
When you turn on the radio and change it to your favorite station, what are most of the songs about? In today’s society, the majority of them are probably about sex, drugs, and alcohol. These are the principles mainstream singers like Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj are pounding into young people’s minds. Instead of directing their music negatively, these artists should try to encourage respectable behavior among our youth. I believe that the negative lyrics in many popular contemporary songs have a negative influence on the youth of America.
Many artists encourage illicit drug use in popular songs of today and advertise them through social media. In November of 2011, Drake released his new hit single “The Motto.” The fans went crazy over Drake quoting “YOLO,” meaning you only live once. Drake’s quote has been plastered on every Facebook wall and in numerous tweets around the country causing added popularity for this young rapper. In the article “Small Change” by Malcolm Gladwell, He states that social media like Facebook and Twitter is useless and will never start a revolution (319-320). I think that this statement is false simply because in a sense, a revolution has already started. Many young artists use social media as a way to obtain fame from young people and advertise their drug and alcohol habits. Seeing the things teenagers are posting and tweeting about, Drake and other pop artists have caused this generation to believe that no matter how stupid they act, it is somehow acceptable because the person they idolize does it as well. Songs like this make our age group look ignorant seeing that teenagers are doing illicit drugs and drinking alcohol and their excuse is the quote “YOLO.”
The sexual content in 90% of the pop songs today is encouraging risky sexual behavior in America’s youth. You can hardly enjoy a song on the radio without half of it...