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The Negative Effects Of Rap Music Rap music has come to be one of the most popular yet controversial music genres of the past decade While the music provides a voice to the voiceless and a form of protest to the oppressed much of it seems to articulate the rage of the urban underclass and its sense of intense oppression and defiant rebellion Rap then is not only music to dance and party to but is also a potent form of cultural identity and political expression Unfortunately rap songs are usually accompanied by use of explicit and degrading lyrics which are very dangerous to the youth of today While rappers will claim that theyre simply rapping about reality all too often they use violence as the vehicle to tell the story of their lives This certainly does not set any good examples for the young boys and girls and men and women listening to and singing along with the lyrics In fact most of the rap artists themselves have lived and continue to live close to the edge So with rap songs containing violent and insulting lyrics and with the rap artists leading dangerous and violent lives rap music could be considered a negative influence on teenagers and children Rap is currently crossing national borders of the world and has become a key component of global culture Its migration results in youngsters of all races creeds religions social and economic classes being exposed to and influenced by it Therefore rap is now part of the multicultural world with no borders or limits and the lyricsmessages are being delivered to everyone everywhere Teenagers seem to be the group of individuals who listen most to rap music Some have argued that the messages in the lyrics result in teenagers taking part in anti-social activity If this were true there would be just as much white-on-white violence as there is black-on-black violence because white teenagers and
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