Gangster rap artists have had many squabbling with the law as well as with patrons. This genre contains multitudinous amounts of Inappropriate themes such as murder, sexual disposition and robbery. Gangster rap music negatively Influences youth through suggesting provocative and violent images. Rap music continually affects Individuals throughout their whole life. Starting at school age. Where “studies have associated lower grades with students who listen to rap” (Copley) until adulthood. As a result gangster rap begins to affect future identity development.
Many youth use rap music as a stress reliever to find someone that understands the struggles they face in daily life. They view rappers as heroes or mom type of luminary. When doing so youth try to find a common link between themselves and the artist who is relaying the music or whatever the song is depicting. Someone who experienced the same issue they are now partaking in and has now succeeded and made it big’. “Music is well-known to connect with adolescents and to Influence Identity development perhaps more than any other entertainment medium” (Tanner, Worldly and Seabirds).
As a result they begin to illustrate and exemplify the things that are portrayed in the music they hear. Thereafter, turning impressionable youth into counterfeit gangsters’. Many of the homes that are depicted In rap songs are deemed as negative and Inappropriate. Countless attempts have been made to limit or regulate what can be said In rap songs. Rap is the only music genre to have a musical recording of a song be declared “as criminally obscene” by a federal judge or have a musical of a song recording boycotted by the law enforcement .
Equally Important, the way women are expounded and represented, continues to form violent and demeaning views against women. Considering that women were once glorified and respected,in music now “women are depicted as ditches and whore’s’ who sere as the sexual object of men or I OFF vocalizes women as worthless and expendable items of trash. Some youth even try to transfer this glorified life of disrespecting women to their own lives. C. Brogan,G Hall, and C Nagoya found that college males who listened to misogynous Rap music were more likely to show assaulting or sexually violent film vignettes to female confederates.
This transfigures too whole problem, the use of violence In the past 10 years there has been an increase in youth violence. Which has lead to many tragic school shootings and other violent acts, Rap music is one of the main factors that are being blamed for this problem. Rap artists often depict themselves being very rich and living lavish lives. Many rappers also state in their songs how they acquired their riches through illegal activities such as selling illegal drugs or committing robbery.
The listeners often find themselves taking a personnel inventory of their own lives and comparing the differences. What they see is staggering so listeners begin to think of ways the can attain the same bounty. Many choose to do it they easy way, using violence, like their heroes. “When other people who listen or are exposed to violent and non-violent rap videos were more inclined to express materialistic attitudes and favor potentially acquiring possessions through crime, as well as holding more negative views on the likelihood of succeeding through academic pursuits” (Copley).
Instead of going to school and attaining a education they begin to steal and rob people hoping to becoming the tugged out gangsters’ they respect so much. “Studies have long shown that media messages have a profound impact on childhood risk behaviors “(Parker-pope). Two of those risky behaviors is underage drinking and drug use. “Music represents a persuasive source of substance abuse” (Parker-pope). Although society finds drinking and drug use to be abominable, there are laws to specify how old you must be to partake in these activities.
Of course the youth, replicating the attitude of the rappers, and their feelings of disrespect toward authority, try it anyway. A large number of rap music patrons fall into single parent or low-income socioeconomic categorization, making them hypersensitive to their social rank. Due to the fact that most youth are being very impressionable, when they hear the same thing repeatedly through song after song they begin to believe it, even more so when it comes from a well known celebrity. These celebrities evolve into their role models, which occasionally are the only role models youth consort with.
The average adolescent who listens to Just rap would be exposed to 251 references per day (Tanner, Worldly and Seabirds). Majority of the youth who actually listen to rap music have never been introduced to the drugs sung about in the songs they hear. Youth, trying to take on the whole personification of the artist they may try them. Thus leading them to lives of addiction and possibly imprisonment. Many people can agree t that rap music presents glorified versions of the negative influences, provocative and violent images that many parents try to protect their kids from.
Proven in countless studies, rap introduces youth to harmful and risky notions. Countless studies have proven this as well. Rap music becomes increasingly popular with youth as we speak. So how do we regulate rap music? Is it even possible? What about freedom of speech and the first amendment? All we need is for a few strong not into such public demonstrations; you can still help, by refusing to listen to rap music. Whatever the case maybe we need a solution and we need one today.