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Gangsta Rap

Gangsta Rap: Crime The cultural majority in America is up in arms over the rising levels of violence and horrific images that have seeped into popular entertainment. Movies, television, and music have always been controversial, but even they can cross the line between poor taste and immorality. Entertainment corporations and record labels don't even blink, when told of the excessive torture or satanic lyrics found in material. Producers and directors continue to push the envelop on what...

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Rogerian Argument About Gangsta Rap

S. Mirzaei English 102 11/30/13 Gangsta Rap Gangsta Rap is a genre of hip-hop that came around in the 1980’s. In these songs rappers express the hardships and times they have been through. It is used to describe harsh realities of life for a modern black male living in poor areas. A gangsta is defined as “a member of an urban street gang.” (Merriam-Webster) The definition of gangsta rap is, “a type of rap music with lyrics about the violence and drug use of street gang” (Merriam-Webster). “The...

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African American Politics and Rap

1. Kelly characterizes gangsta rap as a window into, and a critique of, the criminalization of black youth. Its central themes revolve around a strong foundation in male dominance, as well as a portrayal of the plights in the black working class. Gangsta rap originated in low income areas such as South Bronx. People in these communities were facing major economic hardships due to the closure of factories, thus placing many of them in unemployment. This, along with the constant discrimination they...

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Influence of Rap

Influence of Rap Music Today, Rap has become the most popular type of music in the US. Many people listen to music while they drive their cars, are at work, do housework, and study, etc. Music as we know it today is the voice of a generation. It gives us entertainment, and speaks out for a community of people in many ways. Most people listen to at least some sort of music, and serve a purpose. Just about any expression can be shared through music. Rap is one type of fastest growing music in...

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rap music

Since the late 1980's rap music has been called the Anti Christ in our culture, because of it's so-called influence in people's life. People swear up and down that the music is why people, specially the youth resort to violent crimes. I think by saying this they are trying to cover up the real truth by giving simple answers. Rap is defined as a style of popular music consisting of improvised rhymes performed to a rhythmic accompaniment. The first rap song was made in the late 70's, the songs were...

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Rap music and violence

you ever listened to or overheard a rap song and thought about how vulgar it was and wonder how something like that ever made it to the public? Well if you think rap music has a negative influence on people, you're not alone. Since the late 1980's rap music has been called the Anti Christ in our culture, because of it's so-called influence in people's life. People swear up and down that the music is why people, especially the youth resort to violent crimes. Rap is defined as a style of popular music...

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Rap and Violence

produces music as painful as rap. Much like rap is the focus of watch dog groups and shunned by authorities jazz was in its hay day. Jazz is music based partly on the blues. The blues is music about sex, violence and pain. Not music to create any of the above but more so a way for the artist to share and heal. The music serves the listeners the same. The music heals them by letting them share there pain by saying the verses in there head. This is what "gangsta" rap is. Gangsta rap is the blues of the 90's...

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Rap Music

defining rap music, some define it as poetry in the form of music. Even though rap music is thought of as a form of art, it is highly debated as a controversial social issue. Author  Sid Kirchheimer from " Does rap put teens at risk" makes a claim that rap music is a detriment to our youth. He believes that negative behaviors is the outcome of people watching and listening to rap music. Author Curtis Aron from "Rap Music: Is It As Bad As Some People Think?" Thinks otherwise and claims that rap music...

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Rap Music: It's Your Choice

Rap Music: It’s Your Choice Rap is talking in rhyme to the rhythm of a beat. It is a form of music that stemmed from hip-hop culture; it began in the Bronx in the 1970's. It evolved from storytelling through songs that express the essence of African American street culture. Rappers tend to make references of love, sex, violence, socio-political issues, crime, race, and anything that depicts their street life. For example, in an interview from Kronick Magazine, rap artist Eminem states, “…when I...

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90's Hip Hop and Rap

Rap and hip-hop first started to come together in the 1970's, but didn't really materialize and become popular until the 1990's. With a huge surge in popularity and growth in the 1990's, it seemed that rap and hip-hop had started a cultural phenomenon that still has noticeable effects easily seen today in music and also in pop culture. A cultural phenomenon is an idea, trend, or movement that shapes and defines that time period. During the 1990's, rap and hip-hop spread like wild fire across the...

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