Music, a universal connection to spread ideas from one person to another, generation to generation. Its has been here for hundreds of years to entertain, inform, and sway our belief and actions. Although, people can affiliate music to positive influences in the medical field, the music industry now is creating music that is deeply displacing distasteful music upon the teenage generation. A specific genre of music, rap, has started connotations with negative aspects within its music because it often infers references to obscene language and the displacement of drug use. Now, why is this the case?
What we now call renowned rappers, Eminem, Jay Z, and Snoop dog; they all claim that their past had unlocked all their terrible experiences within their music. Most of the rappers today are influenced by their childhood and previous experiences, but there has to be other reasons fueling the negative associations in music. Is it safe to say that the teenage population is looking for an alternate reality. There has to be something that make people look toward within drugs and alcohol that promotes the undisposed desires. These music artists who were self -made and it is surely likely that other people have been through similar experiences, but this doesn’t fully explain why the rap culture has very explicit undertones and obscenity of drugs and sexual innuendos within the music videos.
(This is an non- explicit Video, view at your own digression)
From this music video “Pop That,” there are obvious references to the abusive and degenerate lifestyles of rappers. Now, these people have often stated that what has been done in the videos are merely a mirage of what they hope to have. This doesn’t seem like any fabrication I’d want to associate with myself, but it has to relate to why teenagers crave this type of music. Going back to an alternate reality, if people are denial for drugs and alcohol and since this type of music has been building up dramatically over the past decade, the younger generation has been too desensitized to this type of genre of music. We, as a generation have been muddled will these ill desires of obscenity and explicit behaviors, that we as the neo-generation don’t realize the impact it has on American culture and society. If you wish to find out more information about the degradation of rap culture on the teenage generation, please visit:
underlined below, in my podcast, is a deeper acknowledgement of why teenagers are addicted to the rap culture and its interconnection to drug use. Interview
Above all, there has to be one main obligation that drives the force of the music industry to create this obscene music with all its subliminal messages. The music industry wants to make a profit, and the only way today that it can do that is by placing rebellious behaviors into the adolescent and teenage mind. This thirst and want for something imaginary has allowed the music industry and several musical artists to suck money out of the younger generation. This is the cold, hard, truth. The world today is run by competition and people will do anything and everything to accomplish their goal. Perhaps, in the beginning, rappers wanted to spread the ideals and hardships from their childhood and past experiences. But, as more power and more money are brought to a person, that person is corrupted to greater evils than he intended to do.
It is up to you now to decide whether the music we listen to is fit for the teenage population and whether the type of music we listen to changes the behaviors and actions of what we as human beings do. Rap music shouldn’t be ascertained toward negativity, but it shouldn’t include derogative images that may instill harmful connotations on the still, adapting, and evolving population of the 21st century. Perhaps, there is no winner in this type of situation and eventually music will fall down in relation. But, who knows, the world is a truly kind and bizarre place where anything can happen, for better or worse. It’s your decision to determine what obscenity, drugs, and violence; how it affects you is your decision.
With that, I leave you with an audio clip of Eminem “Not afraid.”30 sec max, all affiliation to MM records
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