The Negative Impact of Rap Music on Today's Youth

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The Negative Impact of Rap Music on Today's Youth Today's rap music has changed dramatically since the 1970's. Rap music has become the most popular type of music in the U.S. Rap music can give people entertainment and can also tell a story in someone's life. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, rap music is defined as, "a style of music associated with urban street gangs and characterized by violent, tough talking, often misogynistic lyrics" (Miffin, 2000). Rap music was formed in the mid-1970 among the youth in South Bronx and rap artists like, "Afrika Bambata, Kool Herc, and Grandmaster Flash. Do to the enormous popularity of Run DMC; rap had crossed over on the music charts and radio stations all over the world" (Toms,…show more content…
Susan Buttross who was not involved in DiClemente study, states that her committee, AAP's on public education, "is currently updating its 2001 policy statement that found 75% of music videos involved sexual imagery, and more than half involved violence, usually against women" (Kirchheimer, 2003). With the overwhelming movement of rap music there are many youth looking up to rap artist as Role models. Youth are even starting to have the gangster look, like baggy pants, backward hats, chains and jewelry. It appears anyone can make plenty of money in the rap industry, as so often projected, they are going to take a shot at it. Moreover, if their attempts to get a record deal never materialize, they may decide to take it to the next level by becoming a drug dealer or by getting into the drug game in order to live the lavish life style that is so often projected in music videos. What they do not realize is that today's rap stars might be tomorrow's welfare recipient or prison inmate. It has happened to numerous rap artist artists, who were highly regarded at one time (Toms, 2005, p2). However, there might be some children that are inspiring to be like rap artist, then there are children that want to be like them, to have the expensive cars and money, but with out the violence that some rap artists face. Rap artists rivalries are one of the main streams today in rap music. Competition between rap artist and record

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