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Harder Faster Stronger Pushing The Envelope People say that Im a bad influence I say the worlds already fucked Im just addin to it They say Im suicidal teenagers newest idol cmon Cmon do as I do go ahead get mad and do it -Eminem Bad Influence End of Days Soundtrack 1999 Todays popular rap music contains what many consider to be some of the most explicit and often offensive subject matter ever contained in popular music There is widespread controversy over the censorship of such materials the reason for such materials and the effects of such materials In understanding this social issue as with any social issue it is important to look back through history for examples and patterns that are not merely short term anomalies but objective sociological patterns Music is undoubtedly very important to a large number of individuals which makes it necessary to examine influence it has on these individuals and our society as a whole After examining these ideas it can be found that the vulgarity and explicitness of todays rap lyrics follow a long standing trend that has shown no sign of causing harm to society One of popular musics advantages has always been its catchy hooks rhythmic hits and exciting memorable lyrics For a band to become popular and marketable on a mainstream national marketing level all of these must be present This is because a song that does not leave a lasting impression on the listener will not sell well How many songs have you heard once and forgotten immediately Probably plenty Of those songs you have forgotten how many of them influenced you to buy an album The answer is clearly and undeniably none To ensure their success many popular lyricists have pushed the envelope of social many social taboos including sexual violent and drug-related subject matter By doing so many musicians increase their chances of being recognized by fans and in turn independent
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