Raps Controversy Essay

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Raps Controversy

Rap's Controversy
The most popular new music to emerge from the ‘80's was rap music. It first developed in
the mid ‘70's in New York City, and soon in other urban areas, primarily amongst
African-American teen-agers. It became very popular with the urban public that it soon
began to spread throughout the United States and much of the world. It replaced rock music
as the creative force in music of the ‘80's and ‘90's. However, as popular as it was
then and it is now, the lyrics of many rap songs have caused controversy. Many believe and
have charged that these lyrics promote racism and violence and show contempt for women.

Those in the mainstream have long considered rap music controversial. However its
controversy escalated to a whole new level when the world was introduced to "Gangsta Rap,"
where violent acts and suggestions are graphically portrayed (yale). The notorious rap
group responsible for the introduction of gangsta rap was NWA (bomp). Gangsta rap has been
criticized and debated over for its graphic sexual content, and violent imagery (yale).
The lyrics in many songs contain violent and explicit lyrics that usually talk about
killing someone along with sounds of gunshots in the background. Gangsta rap also talks
about drug use and portrays negative attitudes toward women, especially black women. The
artists refer to women as, "bitches," "whores" and sex dispensing "hoes." On the contrary
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to get a message across and most importantly it sales records, just like NWA, Ice-T,
Public Enemy, and the 2 live crew soon discovered early on in their time.

Today most young people think that if a person is rich and famous, they can get away with
anything. They see rappers get charged with felonies and then they see that the charges
get dropped. They've heard of celebrities running over children while drunk and get away
with it without doing any time. However, not all rappers have run-ins with the law, but
the ones that do are very well known. Tupac Shakur (RIP), for example, had many run-ins
with the law. He was arrested for aggravated assault, and charged with shooting two off
duty police officers in Atlanta in 1993, but the charges were later dropped (bomp). He was
also accused of beating a limousine driver in Los Angeles and found guilty of threatening
a fellow rapper with a baseball bat in Michigan (bomp). He was then found guilty of sexual
abuse in 1994 and was serving time up to 4 ½ years in prison (bomp). In many of his
lyrics he glamorized the life of a gangster and fun gunplay. "He lived the life tattooed
on his stomach, thug life, and died doing it (bomp)."

The main reason why rap is so controversial is because of the vulgar language and absolute
disrespect for the public. Rap lyrics mainly focus on sex, money, drugs, and power.
G-unit, for example has a strong influence on young adults. They constantly rap about
hustling (selling drugs), sex, getting robbed and going after the perpetrators, life in
the hood, money, cars, and the everyday struggles they went through to get by in life.
Many people believe that by listening to rap the weak minded and gullible teens will
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