Rap Music And Its Effects On Society Essay

1083 Words Feb 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
When Anthony Elonis’s wife divorced him and left with their kids, he began to write and produce songs to express how he felt about what he was going through. He wrote,“There’s one way to love you but a thousand ways to kill you…I’m not going to rest until your body is a mess soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts.” Elonis was doing what many people do when they are going through a tough time, finding a safe outlet such as writing. However, prosecutors are now specifically searching out lyrics from rap songs to match them with crimes and use them as motives. The courts are allowing admission of rap lyrics as evidence and by doing so, allowing juries to judge a person’s moral character by his art.
If it becomes the norm to convict a suspect of a crime based on inconsistent testimony and the lyrics contained in a song, rap music may only be the beginning. In this case, rap music is at the center of the controversy because the lyrics of the songs, consistent with the tone of the genre in general, tend to be explicit and violent. However, violent lyrics are not unique to rap music, or even "gansta rap," alone. Many genres of music feature artists who have sung about crimes they did not commit. For example, Carrie Underwood released a song about violently attacking and defacing the truck of an ex-boyfriend whom she had discovered was cheating on her. But that doesn’t mean that if someone finds his truck has been vandalized, all he needs to do is get a few friends…

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