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Throughout history people have been attracted to music For the past decade references have been made to link violent and deviant behavior to music and certain music categories The one category that has been under controversy is rap or gansta rap If indeed there is a direct correlation between violence in music and violence in adolescent behavior it is important to look at where the connection lies By simply understanding the adolescent stages of human development and the influence of music in a historical perspective one can learn the underlying adolescent vulnerability and susceptibility to violence in music The violent vulgarity and sexually explicit lyrics act as a conduit to strengthen learned aggression and release this aggression on society A child faces many influential experiences during the stages of human development Parents have a tremendous power to moderate that influence Music has been around since the beginning of time and it has evolved just as much as the people that created it Throughout history people have been attracted to music Whether it is a part of a ritual an emotional release religious reasons or just for listening pleasure music has been at the center of society People have used music to express themselves tell stories and let others into their thoughts However one can only wonder whether what is being said has an effect on the listening audience For the past decade references have been made to link violent and deviant behavior to music and certain music categories Some of these categories include rock heavy metal death metal and industrial music The one category that has been under controversy is rap or gansta rap The reason for so much attention on rap music is because of its violent vulgarity and sexually explicit lyrics It is raw self-expression that sometimes features profane lyrics misogyny and violence Jet 2000 So does listening to Rap music encourage adolescents to act violently If indeed there
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