Raven Willis, Caitlin Peters, Whitney Jacobs, Zach Appel, Matt Bruton
There has been a controversy of rappers and the genre of rap itself as being bad influence. Forty-seven percent (47%) of mothers with children in public schools believe that violent messages in rap music contribute to school violence and it's easy to see why. Most rap tends to seem to talk about drugs, violence, and objectifying women(pictured below). With a whopping 85% of 8- to 18-year-olds listening to rap music and these teenagers listening to an average of nearly 2.5 hours of that music per day, they're getting a lot of these graphic images through this kind of music. Not to mention the music videos which portray the poor behavior being rapped about. While songs about drugs and sex are nothing new, the issue is getting more attention because so many children now have regular access to music out of the earshot of parents. Nearly 9 out of 10 adolescents and teens have an music or music video playing device in their bedrooms.