Rap And Violence

.. em. They don’t put that much power in trying to ban Rock or Alternative music, but will use all their energy to stop a form of music that sells more then half of the United States music. John Woods, co-founder of a grassroots anti-censorship organization said in a statement that most attacks on the music industry are fueled by politicians and groups such as the Christian Coalition and the American Family Association. Later he also said “Quite simply, the federal government, state governments and local governments are very skillfully using the controversy created by religious organizations in an effort to completely render the First Amendment of the United States Constitution to be a relic from the past in the interest of gaining greater control over society as a whole.” I for one agree with that statement. Dave Marvin, a spokesman for state Sen.

Dale Shugars, said the Michigan Republican is working on a bill to be sent to the state Legislature in July. The bill would fine site owners who permit minors unless accompanied by an adult to attend concerts or buy music that has offensive acts or speech. The manager of Pearl Jam, L-7, Rage Against the Machine, and rappers like JayZ, Ice Cube, Master P, and Russell Simons recently said that they will boycott any state that passes a law such as that. “It’s up to the artists to provide a much-needed spine for the industry by using their celebrities’ status to effectively draw the line in the sand to tell the would-be censors to stuff it if they are offended because we have a First Amendment guaranteeing our freedom of expression,” Woods said. One man they asked off the street said “Why do I hate rap? Well I guess the number 1 reason I hate rap is the lack of talent that a rapper needs.

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All the music is synthetic, made on machines. Another thing I don’t get about rap is that many rappers use the “Gangsta rap” theme. Then when a rapper gets killed, it’s a shock! They only rap about what they know! Yes, have someone murdered is horrible, but if they rap about it and they say how they were brought up in it, is it really a shock?” Lately a lot of questions have been asked to anyone trying to take up for rap music. Does rap music promote violence? The most common answer was yes, and the murder of Tupac Shakur and Notoruis B.I.G. proves it. Those were some sad deaths but you can’t blame just rap alone for that happening.

Tupac didn’t kill Biggie, and Biggie didn’t kill Tupac some dumb people who had nothing else to do did. When you think about it, doesn’t radio, movies, and television promote violence also, so you can’t try to ban one thing of violence and not another. There was another question that was Should rap music be censored? Some answers were yes, but most were no. They couldn’t do it anyway it would be against the first amendment. Another was Does rap music make a positive contribution to society? No one answered that question but I think I will.

Yes it does, rap isn’t just a money making thing to me it not only helps us relate to people who have gone through things we have, but it shows people who don’t know the things that really goes on. Also rap artists don’t just make albums and stay in there own worlds they also give lots of money to charities and sponsor programs that help inner city youth so violence can stop between young people. Does rap promote violence, gangs and drug use? Yes it does, but there was violence, gangs, and drug use before rap even came along, so you can’t pin that on rap, it’s something that has always been around and don’t see it going anywhere. Is rap music degrading to women? In a way yes it is, I don’t think any rapper would call there own mothers “bitches,” and “hoes” but out of know where women rappers are coming out of their shell and they are doing the same thing, So really everyone is degrading each other so it balances out. You can’t blame rap for everything that goes on, I’m thinking if they could find a way to blame rap for every death they would.

Even though they swear up and down that rap is like the worst thing, it has done a lot for the music industry and youth in general. Before rap all kids knew was that you had to know how to sing to become a big music star, but now for those who actually have talent for rapping they can dream of becoming a rapper. You would be surprised at how much more violence would be going on if rap wasn’t here. Youth would be out in the street selling drugs and killing people all the time, now half of them are working on demo tapes and their talent so they can have a career of there own. Also rap helps out inner city youth so they can get off the street and play sports and go to camp, it’s like for every bad thing you say about how rap is bad and how it should be banned, there is another positive thing that can get thrown right back into your face that would blow your mind and actually make you want to say “hey rap is doing more for us then what the public really tells us.” It would be the truth.

You don’t ever hear about how LL COOL J started a camp for youth in Brooklyn, or how Puff Daddy donated 10 million dollars to Biggie’s children. No you hear about how someone got shot and the killer was listening to Tupac right before he did it. People it’s time to wake up, even though I can’t force you to change your mind on any subject I’m hoping I gave you some type of information that will make you just think before you speak about rap music. Bibliography Opposing Viewpoints: Culture Wars p. 143-154 Opposing Viewpoints: Censorship p. 33-35 The Web Courier: Rap & Hip Hop Comment: http://www.cs.fsu.edu:/80/projects/sp95sug/group1. 4/russ.html Censorship of Music by Politicians: http://sac.uky.edu/~ywkho0/politics.html.


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