Since the beginning of time, different genres, artists, and styles have come and gone.
Although the overall effect is easy to imagine, specific details are extremely revealing. Here are some of my personal observations gathered from years of work with teens in traditional schools and juvenile detention centers.
When asked to explain what Hip Hop consists of, the majority of kids list violence and gangs as being elements of Hip Hop. When asked to list what their favorite artists rap about, the overwhelming majority list guns, sex, violence, cars, thugs, jewelry, and money as popular topics.
When asked to name rappers with positive lyrics, most kids name Drake, Tupac, and Kendrick Lamar within the last year but seem unaware of any others.
When asked to name female rappers, the overwhelming majority can only think of Nicki Minaj.
When asked if rap music influences them, the majority say yes. The majority of girls say that most boys seem to learn how to treat girls from their favorite rappers. The majority of boys say that rap music has taught them that girls cannot be trusted. Over half of kids use slang they picked up from the newest songs in their everyday conversations.
Most have never even owned a CD. Over half of incarcerated youth refer to rappers who glorify negativity ex: Over half of incarcerated youth dream of becoming rap stars when they get out of jail.
During rap writing sessions, most kids write about the same topics commercial artists rap about. The previous data is usually gathered within the first few days of working with youth. Some of these artists include: After having spent a few sessions with me: About half of the kids state that mainstream rappers sound stupid in comparison to these newly discovered artists.
Many of the kids who are aspiring rappers ask me what they can do to become better lyricist. These findings are both disturbing and hopeful.As a society, we need to make it a priority to teach young, impressionable people that although gangster rap is unique and interesting it is not indicative of how we should act in normal, civilized society.
As a society, we need to make it a priority to teach young, impressionable people that although gangster rap is unique and interesting it is not indicative of how we should act in normal, civilized society. Sep 02, · Rap music, and even gangster rap, can tell us something about how rappers view the church, the power of faith in daily life and how the artist wrestles with the hope that God will step in .
They also draw the same parallels to the rise of rap music and American hip hop culture in South Africa-omiting the fact that its a pre-existing propensity towards violence these people already possess that draws them to American Rap music.
Not Banned but Censored. I think that rap used to be good. You had those rappers of the 90s rapping about real world problems such as police brutality, white on black crime, and the problems of increasing violence in black neighborhoods throughout the U.S.
In the angry new mood, captured by Malcolm X’s upraised fist, many blacks (and many more white liberals) began to view black crime and violence as perfectly natural, even appropriate, responses to the supposed dehumanization and poverty inflicted by a racist society.