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Tuesday, 18 June 2013 at 14:46
Rap music, which traces its origin towards the African-American culture, has become allegedly a chaotic-sounding-genre of music with provoking lyrics and videos showing random violence, gang intimidation and the like themes.
The sooner Hip-hop-rap scene of the 50s and also the 60s spoke about hopes, dreams, ideals and aspirations of both the black and white teens within the quality music by the artists of this era. Early black music united the American youth and also the country's choice of music was almost parallel. There have been some rebellions but they didn't 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 and the Vandellas, the Four Tops as well as their likes who gave the typical teenage romance and relationship.
Radicalism was introduced in rap with Beastie Boys' amusing "Fight for the Right to Party" and the appearance more radical rappers like Vanilla Ice and Eminem. Rappers gradually emerged and commenced 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 inside a rather disturbing direction. It appears like this whole culture takes pride in being notorious. For example, it's almost like finding yourself in prison is really a "status symbol" while taking drugs and experiencing beefs is one thing "cool". Above this, the portrayal of ladies within the rap videos is again a matter of concern. The perception appears to typecast the woman as an object. On humanitarian grounds, this is not a really kind picture to create. Such materials along with suggestive lyrics can certainly manipulate the vulnerable youth.
The blockbuster charts say a tale more clearly, although it is difficult to accept. It is a choice-demand situation. People are watching, adapting and adopting such a culture and that's why the top-hits are often the songs you cannot hear with your mother. What saddens yet another is the further insufficient creativity. The poetry only goes so far as an undesirable vocabulary and the music is way, far from inspiring. What use is such manifestation of power and capacity to generate admirers if no good can be done to society? If Rap music offers a generation full of fans, then it should also keep in mind that with recognition and admiration, comes responsibility. Rap includes a responsibility towards its audience and it's time now that the artists come forth and take it up seriously.