Rap Music and Children

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Rap music has become one of the most distinctive and controversial music styles in the past few decades. Rap is a unique form of expression which crosses all boundaries, and is a sign that today's society is structured according to different variations among classes, groups, races, and genders. Eminem is one of many rap artists whose songs degrade women, have explicit lyrics, and promotes violence. Many people do not think rap music has a negative effect on our youth, so people tend to ignore the whole issue of. Parents need to monitor their children's use of media, music, and even video-games to make sure that their children do not become desensitized to the violence.

The music lyrics in many of Eminem's songs degrade women, have explicit lyrics, and promote violence. "Anything less than shocking, violent, sexist, vulgar, outrageous, hilarious debut album would be seen as going soft- and that would be death to this white trash-talking rapper" (Ross 53).

Eminem's song, "Kim", not only promotes spousal abuse it also has explicit lyrics. In the song he is threatening to beat his wife because she cheated on him.

"Sit down bitch If you move again I'll beat the shit out of you

Don't make me wake this baby She don't need to see what I'm about to do [...] Too bad bitch, your gonna finally hear me out this time [...] Shut the fuck up! You think I give a fuck! Come on we're going for a ride bitch Sit up front We'll be right back Well I will you'll be in the trunk (1-2)."

This is one example that shows how Eminem makes it seem like it is okay for men to beat their wives. In an article called "Youth and Violent Music", it says that forty-seven percent of mothers...