Hip Hop Vendetta.

Essay by tk7High School, 11th grade December 2003

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Hip Hop Vendetta

Shots ring out in South Central Los Angeles. A man screams in horror. He has been shot in a heated gang war. This is everyday life for gang members. Gang members are used to cold-blooded murder and most attend at least five funerals a week. Similar situations occur in Harlem, New York and in other places around the country.

Why is this happening? Many people think that rap music is making kids more violent. They think that rap music is just a glorification of violence. All rap music is doing is to show how horrible and inhuman life is in the ghettos across the country. This is what is really happening out there. It is not fake. Right now, there is a major conflict between West Coast and East Coast rappers. East and West are fighting in a vicious battle that leaves hundreds of poor, helpless people dead in the street.

There is no reason for this to be going on.(pressman)

Back in the early '90's, when rap was beginning to become popular, the East/West war was not quite there yet but it was slowly becoming increasingly obvious that there was a conflict between rappers. Part of the reason that the war started was that West Coast rap dominated and nobody questioned his or her supremacy. Ice Cube, Ice T, and Eazy E were the rappers of the moment. The war slowly worsened when East Coast rappers began to get more publicity. West Coast rappers were upset that they were not 100% in the spotlight so they started to make fun of East rappers in their music proclaiming that East Coast rap was fake and could not top West Coast. Then, East Coast rappers fired back obscenities at West Coast rappers and it kept up like that...