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

The earlier Hip-hop-rap scene from the 50s and the 60s spoke about hopes, dreams, ideals and aspirations of both black and white teens in the quality music through the artists of this era. Early black music united the American youth and the country's selection of music was almost parallel. There were some rebellions however they did not down-rightly produce immoral and degrading content. The sooner rap-era had artists like Stevie Wonder, Smokier Robinson, Lionel Richie, the Temptations, the Shirelles, Mary Wells, the Supremes, Martha and also the Vandellas, the 4 Tops and their likes who gave the normal teenage romance and relationship.

Radicalism has been around since rap with Beastie Boys' amusing "Fight for the best to Party" and also the appearance of more radical rappers like Vanilla Ice and Eminem. Rappers gradually emerged and began 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 in a rather disturbing direction. It seems as though this whole culture takes pride in becoming notorious. For instance, it is similar to being in prison is a "status symbol" while taking drugs and indulging in beefs is something "cool". Above this, the portrayal of women in the rap videos is again dependent on concern. The perception seems to typecast the girl being an object. On humanitarian grounds, this isn't a very kind picture to produce. Such materials coupled with suggestive lyrics can easily manipulate the vulnerable youth.

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The blockbuster charts say a story more clearly, although it is difficult to accept. It is a choice-demand situation. Individuals are watching, adapting and adopting this type of culture which is why the top-hits in many cases are the songs you can't hear together with your mother. What saddens one more may be the further lack of creativity. The poetry only goes as far as a poor vocabulary and also the music is far, not even close to inspiring. What use is such symbol of power and ability to generate admirers if not good can be achieved to society? If Rap music boasts of an era filled with fans, it also needs to remember that with recognition and admiration, comes responsibility. Rap has a responsibility towards its audience and it is time since the artists come forth and go up seriously.
 

Posted Jun 18, 2013 at 4:45pm

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