Negative Aspects of Rap Music

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The African American Community:

How rap music has made a negative contribution.

It is easy to write or comment about the negative aspects of rap music because

controversy and its reputation has proven to be a hot seller in this society. Rap music has

to constantly endure a damaging reputation because the negatives in the music are

focused on the most in the media, and the negatives sells. But, rap artists whose lyrics are

positive or about political, social or economic empowerment receive very little attention

(Akil, 2003). The negative aspects of rap music is revealed through artists not setting

good examples, the disrespectful, explicit and violent lyrics and the battles that

sometimes leads to violence.

One of the most acknowledgeable negative aspects of rap music is that most rap

artists are not setting good examples for the African American community. Black

musicians and artists have a responsibility to be conscious of their world and to let their

consciousness be heard in their songs" (Regan, 147).

"Keeping it real" or "hardcore" has

become the quickest and most likely way to become a star. Whether we are aware of it or

not, being a rapper perhaps plays the most essential role in shaping the minds and

attitudes of black youths. Rappers are one of the most influential figures in the

community. Their influence is greater than most of our prominent religious leaders,

athletes, teachers, and even parents. But, artists sometimes fail to realize that people,

especially young kids, try to imitate everything from the different lifestyles to the clothes

rappers wear. Some rappers lyrics along with their lifestyles are directed toward violence.

Today people think that if a person is rich and famous then he or she can get away with

anything. Not all artists have run-ins with the law, but...