Violence In Rap Music Essay

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Boom, boom! Boom, boom! The kind of bass that drains batteries and the kind of lyrics that unload clips, these are the sounds that rap music produces. I chose this topic because I am extremely interested in rap music and I want to explore the violent aspect of the industry. I have never had a chance to look at the violent side of it and I plan to find answers to questions I have in my search. Tupac Shakur is one of my favorite artists and when he was shot and killed I really started to take notice of the violence. People were getting killed because of an image that was being set. What I really want to know, however, is why rappers feel compelled to graphically describe the violence.
In my search I plan to
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Hip-hop wasn’t a new form of music in 1989, in fact it started in 1982 with Run DMC, but nobody was ready for this form. The police and politicians didn’t like what N.W.A was saying in their lyrics, but all of the things they were rapping about were things that were going on around them on a daily basis. They were seeing people being shot, drug deals going down, and women being called b*tch*s. "I remember when Straight Outta Compton came out, where I lived we could all relate to what they were rapping about because it was our lifestyle."(Wilson. Interview). So basically art was imitating life. But as the decade took a turn into the ‘90’s, so did things for N.W.A. (Tha Biography of Tha E) Ice Cube left to pursue a solo career (Ice Cube- Westside Times) and after him Dr. Dre left to start Death Row Records with Marion "Suge" Knight in 1992. (The Untouchable Death Row Records)
From the beginning Death Row Records was like a family, according to Dr. Dre. With acts like Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, and Warren G, Death Row
Page 3 was a dominant force in rap music. Suge Knight, a former college football player for U.N.L.V (University of Nevada Las Vegas), used his 325 lb. frame as a scare tactic. A former employee of Knight, Vanilla Ice ( Rob Van Winkle) recently said in an interview that Knight held him by the ankles over a hotel balcony demanding rights to the song "Ice, Ice
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