It’s Not the Music, It’s Probably Just You
Many people assume that the reason why young, African-American teens behave a certain way is because of the music they listen to these days. The music that these urban kids are listening to is primarily Hip Hop which is if you don’t know is a genre of music that is characterized by a performer speaking rhythmically, or rapping, over a backing track that often but not always consists of loops or samples of other music woven together (www.globalpost.com). Hip Hop gets a very bad reputation because of the explicit lyrics that talk about gang violence, sex, drug and alcohol use, and etc. that parents don’t obviously approve of. Even though the content of the music may have a negative impact on a child’s life or behavior, Hip Hop shouldn’t take the blame because this kind of music can also show positive impacts on the child’s behavior. So maybe it’s not the music that may cause a teenager to behave in a bad way but it could be the environmental factors or their home life, either way Hip Hop music will not turn your child into a “thug” or “gangster” and the music doesn’t affect behavior. Parents today may think Hip Hop music lyrics is all about thug life but honestly that’s a major stereotype in which why Hip Hop gets a bad reputation. As one of the most dominant music genres that continues to grow in pop culture, Hip Hop has so many different styles and philosophies. For example there is the stereotypical gangsta rap, political rap, freestyle rap, crunk music, alternative rap, and rap rock. Some of these styles explain violent gang life or partying at the club which consist of smoking, drinking, and having sex which is more on the gangsta rap and crunk side of the hip hop spectrum. There is also the styles that talk more about love, pride, racism, and philosophy which is like the political rap, alternative rap, and even Christian rap. According to...
Cited: Selke, Lori. “Does Hip Hop Affect Behavior in Kids?” GlobalPost: Everyday Life. Demand Media, N/A, Web. 10 Sept. 2014
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