This essay, entitled "Does Hip-Hop Get A Bad Rap?" and is about the bias that the rap industry entertains. It goes into the controversy many rappers create in their portrayal of rap music.

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Does Hip-Hop Get A Bad Rap?

It seems that the adult generation of America disagrees with their juvenile counterparts. In the grown-up world, rap is nothing more than an industry of obscenities, misogyny, and thugs from the ghetto. During every generation, some old-fashioned, ill-humored people have become frightened by the sight of kids having a good time and have attacked the source of their pleasure. An example of this is the 1950's and rock 'n' roll. In a contrasting opinion, the youth of America, overall, seems to accept the hip-hop world.

While the industry of rap and hip-hop is held together by a similar style, which began among the youth of South Bronx, New York in the mid 1970's, and was pioneered by artists such as Grandmaster Flash and Kool Herc, it stretches the limits with its messages. Some artists degrade women, do drugs, and flaunt the prospect of being a "pimp."

Others, however, grapple with issues affecting the world, such as poverty, war, terrorism, and even the state of the rap industry, more specifically attacking the songwriting of artists who do degrade women and spread pessimistic messages.

Many youth in America today are considered part of rap culture because they enjoy a type of music that combines simple but catchy beats with thoughtful lyrics to create songs with a distinct flavor. Rap lyrics are about the problems rappers have seen in their own lives. These include issues such as poverty, crime, violence, racism, poor living conditions, drugs, alcoholism, corruption, and prostitution. These are serious problems that many within the rap subculture believe are being ignored by mainstream America.

The majority of people who are against the hip-hop movement come from the preceding generation. When pop music was in decline, hip-hop began taking shape and evolved into the major market...