Rappers Bad Influences or misunderstood?

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.

The Bad

Some feel that rap music or music in general has little to no influence over what an adolescent can do. Very many argue that it has more to do with a parents influence over their own child and teaching them right from wrong. There's the argument that teens should be able to decipher themselves whether this music can influence them or not to do the negative actions portrayed in these songs.

However there is the other side of things where rappers and rap itself gets a bad rep. Many times it is not argued that rappers are only creating music about the life they've lived. Jay Z, a well known rapper, said in an interview with Oprah, "On the streets, you had to operate with integrity. If you broke your word to someone, he wasn't going to take you to court—he was going to deal with you himself. So it was here in the projects that I learned loyalty. It was in the projects, too, that I began rapping." Some rappers strive to make music that others in their predicaments can relate to much like any other genre of music, rap just seems to be more in your face about it. Often rap music can portray social injustices they've faced or noticed as well.

This many times is the reason why so many rappers give back to thier communities. For example when Chicago public school educated Chance the Rapper gave one million dollars to Chicago public schools he stated, "I’m honored to make this donation to Chicago Public Schools Foundation and help cultivate Chicago creative minds. I’m committed to helping Chicago’s children have quality learning experiences that include the arts.” Many other rappers follow suit with toy drives during Christmas or the donation of bikes to children in the communities where they grew up.

The Good

Crooked Smile - J.Cole

One man can change the world - Big Sean

Angels - Chance the Rapper

How to love - Lil Wayne

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