The Inside Scoop on the Effects of Rap Music
By Jah-Neece S
Have you ever realized that music takes a toll on your life? Or maybe heard someone say the word would be nothing without music?
Well, there are many different types of music such as pop, rock, hip-hop, classical, jazz, or maybe even rap and R&B. Some may use big words and send a message to its listeners while others may simply be someone’s feelings.
Some people may say that rap music in specific impacts today’s youth in many positive and negative ways. Youth Voices agree that rap music addresses a lot of topics such as drugs, sex, violence, and money, sending a bad message to today’s youth generation.
I took the time to interview teenagers that do and do not listen to rap music, as well as adults that do or do not listen to rap music. Some teachers of Binghamton High School staff were interviewed and some felt like rap music negatively affected teens today because it degrades women and prioritizes the materialistic parts of life. Others felt like it inspires our youth to push themselves, and it can help make someone feel like they’re not alone in the world, as well as the fact that it can have a positive impact. Depending on the rapper and lyrics, it may be useful for expression but is often not used that way.
During these interviews, I posed the question: What do you think our community would be like without rap? According to many teachers, it wouldn’t be a difference and others felt like many teens would feel more uncomfortable throwing around swear words. Without it, many teens might feel like who they are and what they have been through isn’t being represented, and that life simply is unfair. Many students in Binghamton high school said they would feel like a part of them has been taken that simply just couldn’t be replaced. On the other, hand some students feel like it would be a great thing and our community would be a better place to be in.
The amount of rap music purchased throughout the past two years has grown rapidly. According to blogspot.com, “American statistics show 47% of mothers with children in public schools believe that violent messages such as the ones in rap music contribute a lot to school violence, and 66% of 13-17 year olds believe violence in music is only partly responsible for violent crimes”
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In conclusion, there a two sides to this very debatable question. Does music have a positive or negative impact on teenagers? In my experience, it has more of a positive impact because it gives people their right to freedom of expression and the chance to relate with the words of someone they admire. The choice is yours.