Calvin Banks Jr.
Professor Lorna Condit
6 December 2011
Media Representation of Rappers
The Media represents a majority of rappers in a negative manner, the first things that come to mind when a person here’s the word “rapper” is violence, guns, rape, sports cars, and sexual satisfaction. For Example what is the first thing that comes to mind when a person here’s the word “country singer” hardworking, patriotic, good morals, respecting women and having morals. That’s the problem! Most rappers are black people and the way the media portrays them causes people of others races to look at them in a negative manner. To carry on the country singer example, most people look at country singers in a positive manner. The rap music that blasts from the stereo causes stereotypes, maybe that where that word originated from. When a jury member enters the court room those stereotypes are embedded in there subconscious. They may sneak and watch the news or talk to people about the rapper their judging. The usual senerio is the prosicutors play the rappers music and videos in court, the jurors hear the music and automatically deliberate a guilty verdict based off the rappers violent lyrics. Most rappers have a vivid imagination that should be taken into account but usally that is not the case. The Media caused the death of two famous rappers “Tupac Shakur” and Biggie Smalls” by sensationalizing a fall out between the two rappers. “Mr. Shakur was a complex and sometimes contradictory figure, with a career featuring million-selling albums, gunshot wounds and run-ins with the police. He was an intelligent, vivid writer who had studied acting at the High School of Performing Arts in Baltimore; he was an accomplished rapper with a husky baritone and crisp enunciation. He was also a convicted sex offender, and the words ''Thug Life'' and ''Outlaw'' were tattooed on his body.” ''It's really unfortunate that the violent...
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