Does Gangsta Rap Harm Black Americans?

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Does Gangsta Rap harm Black Americans? Gangsta rap is a form of music that is enjoyed by everyone and there should be no stereotypes attached to it. It has been debated if Gangsta Rap harms Black Americans; it is a heavily criticized art form since its inception. The Encyclopedia Britannica defines “Gangsta rap: a form of hip-hop music that became the genre’s dominant style in the 1990s, a reflection and product of the often violent lifestyle of American inner cities afflicted with poverty and the dangers of drug use and drug dealing. The romanticization of the outlaw at the center of much of gangsta rap appealed to rebellious suburbanites as well as to those who had firsthand experience of the harsh realities of the ghetto. “ We all know that Hip Hop’s audience has expanded past our inner city youths. Hip Hop concerts are a melting pot of races, cultures and ethnicities enjoying music. “Hip-hop is as popular among youth in Europe as it is in many parts of the world and has had an active if relatively small underground scene since the early 1980s.” writes Miles White, who is a former staff writer for USA Today and author of a critical social-historical study of hip hop culture. “In 2007, I attended a concert by 50 Cent in the Czech Republic capital of Prague that had been heavily advertised for several weeks with a darkened, grimacing image of the Queens, New York, rapper on large posters throughout the city. I was admittedly more curious to see who buys enough tickets to a

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