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What do you think of when you hear the name Hip-hop Do you think of loud and annoying music pouring out of the souped-up Bose sound system in the latest and largest SUV Do think of incomprehensible lyrics slapped haphazardly over a canvas of scantily-clad oversexed women and stacks of money drugs and a variety of firearms Is it possible that you think of backwards baseball caps obscenely oversized jerseys and gravity defying baggy jeans If you are thinking about these things then you are not thinking about Hip-hop You are thinking about images that relate to a particular brand of popular music called Rap Today rap is different from what it used to be just decades ago where meaningful music is slowly diminishing as time proceeds Rap has transformed into a culture that promotes money violence drugs and sex The violence and despair of the ghetto was brought to the forefront in the 1990s by groups like NWA Easy E Dr Dre Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube Lyrics about the drug trade violence gang-banging and the degradation of women started to flow freely As the records sold artists continued to proper into making money and the legacy of this new rap era was on its rise As the money flowed in the menaingless tracks poured out into the public where the mindsets of people were manipulated into thinking life was all about bling bling Today top producers craft irresistible beats while one faceless rapper after another takes their turn debasing women bragging about the material things they possess and daring anyone to take it This ignorant attitude towards the world that most modern rapers have is what leads to violence on the streets today Society today is being swept away by the tracks being played all over the radio and television where guns and violence has turned into an ordinary sight The violence shown in the videos forshadows the reality of the world we
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