Rap music and violence

Essay by metaliguanaHigh School, 12th grade March 2004

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Have you ever listened to or overheard a rap song and thought about how vulgar it was and wonder how something like that ever made it to the public? Well if you think rap music has a negative influence on people, you're not alone. Since the late 1980's rap music has been called the Anti Christ in our culture, because of it's so-called influence in people's life. People swear up and down that the music is why people, especially the youth resort to violent crimes. Rap is defined as a style of popular music consisting of improvised rhymes performed to a rhythmic accompaniment. It didn't really become popular until the early 80's. Over the years it has become mainstream music, everyone is listening to it. In 1989 a local group called N.W.A.(Niggaz Wit Attitudes) came from out of L.A. and changed rap, which was the start of Gangsta Rap.

In their lyrics they talked about crime, street violence and killing. Once they were a huge hit, it caught on, and really that's when all this madness started. Everyone started rapping gangsta style. More and more people started rapping about police brutality and killing people and with that, crime rose to high levels. In all these years of rap though; there are three people who took the most criticism from the public. Dr. Dre is one. After N.W.A. broke up he went on to do his own thing, and after he released "The Chronic" he became a star. He took rap to a higher level where it never been before. He was rapping about drive by's, having sex with hundreds of women, drinking alcohol all-day and so on. By this time the crime rate was sky high. Most rappers loved the style Dr. Dre created, and so they tried...