Perspectives on Race

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Rap music corrupt?

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I recently read an article that sought to determine the influence rap music has on young people’s (ages 13-18) susceptibility to delinquent behavior. Rap music has been villianized for its explicit lyrical content and its apparent “glamorization” of violence, sex, drugs, and fast money. The genre has also been blamed for exasperating many of the social ills seen in poor neighborhoods such as illiteracy and joblessness.  The study incorporated high school students from about 30 schools who were racially and ethnically diverse.  The study found that rap  music appealed not only to Black youth but also to White and Asian youth. The researchers hypothesized that this could be due to the fact that it expresses the views of the downtrodden. This implies that the audience of rap music may not be dictated solely by race but by class also. Many people think of rap music as only appealing to blacks and that those most involved in crime are black also. This study refuted that belief. Rap music is quite mainstream and does not appeal to just one particular group of people. I also think that to blame rap music for the delinquent behavior of young people is to imply that they do not have a mind of their own and are not accountable for their actions.


Written by deanna15

April 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I feel the rap industry has slowly, very slowly have been cleaning up there act in the general aspect of things. Especially with many artist coming out and saying this is not real life. Even lil wayne came out and said I’m in college right now and trying to get a degree, eminem saying I dont really try and kill my ex wife. To be brutally honest if a study is going to be done on rap it should be done on all music. Even pop music and pop music videos are raunchy so what about the affects of that. Will all young girl from the age of 13-18 going to become whorish?


    April 13, 2010 at 3:27 am

  2. Each person is influenced by all aspects of their life whether they think they are or not (music, movies, relationships, family members, schools) but that doesn’t make the influential factor primarily responsible for someone’s actions. I agree with the study—crime cannot be attributed to race in terms of influential rap music. If someone plays Grand theft auto and goes out in real life to beat up a hooker and expect praise, is the court system going to let him off because “the game made him do it”? No, everyone is accountable for their own actions regardless of influence of outside sources.


    April 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm

  3. I love all types of music, but my playlist consists more of rap and r&b. I want to be honest and say that i rarely listen to the lyrics, but the focus more on the beat. If the beat gets me pumped before a game then im going to listen to it. There are some songs i have focused on the lyrics and wonder why i listened to it because it degrades women, but i just really like the beat. For example trick daddy’s “Let Go” says the N word, and talks about f’ing a N-word up, but i just love the song because he is yelling and the beat it just gets me pumped up! It sounds stupid, i know, but I don’t want to f a n-word up. I just want to f the other team up!


    April 13, 2010 at 3:20 pm

  4. I listen to mainly rap and all though some of the things that these rappers say is derogatory and sometimes very offensive its up to the person to act on it. I feel that when people blame certain negative things on rap music i feel that they are just trying to find somebody or something to blame with the problems of society.


    April 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm

  5. I believe that is according to how you are raised and who you have been raised around. That determines whether or not you let rap music influence you. I also understand that there are many inner-city youth who do not have very many positive role models in their life, so they may look up to their rappers lyrics.


    April 14, 2010 at 2:47 pm

  6. honestly, I listen to some rap/hip hop music for the beat/melody/tune


    November 13, 2015 at 11:37 pm

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