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February 16 2015

Rap Music: Then and Now

Rap music, which traces its origin on the African-American culture, is now allegedly a chaotic-sounding-genre of music with provoking lyrics and videos showing random violence, gang intimidation and so forth themes.

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The earlier Hip-hop-rap scene in the 50s and the 60s spoke about hopes, dreams, ideals and aspirations of both the black and white teens within the quality music from the artists of that era. Early black music united the American youth and the country's choice of music was almost parallel. There have been some rebellions but they did not down-rightly produce immoral and degrading content. The earlier rap-era had artists like Stevie Wonder, Smokier Robinson, Lionel Richie, the Temptations, the Shirelles, Mary Wells, the Supremes, Martha as well as the Vandellas, the Four Tops along with their likes who gave the conventional teenage romance and relationship.

Radicalism has been available since rap with Beastie Boys' amusing "Fight for the Right to Party" and the appearance of extra radical rappers like Vanilla Ice and Eminem. Rappers gradually emerged and started shouting and ranting words that featured intimidation, class conflict, hatred of authority, defiance, insolence, animosity and conflict.

The rap-music today is leading the listeners within a rather disturbing direction. It appears like this whole culture takes pride in being notorious. For instance, it is almost like being in prison is really a "status symbol" while taking drugs and experiencing beefs is something "cool". Above this, the portrayal of females in the rap videos is again dependent on concern. The perception seems to typecast the woman as a possible object. On humanitarian grounds, this is not a very kind picture to produce. Such materials along with suggestive lyrics can easily manipulate the vulnerable youth. Rap Music

The blockbuster charts say an account more clearly, eventhough it is hard to agree with. It is a choice-demand situation. Everyone is watching, adapting and adopting a real culture which is why the top-hits in many cases are the songs you can't hear together with your mother. What saddens an additional is the further insufficient creativity. The poetry only goes as far as a poor vocabulary as well as the music is far, definately not inspiring. What use is such manifestation of power and capability to generate admirers if poor quality can be done to society? If Rap music delivers a generation full of fans, it should also remember that with recognition and admiration, comes responsibility. Rap carries a responsibility towards its audience and time now that the artists come forth and go up seriously.
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