Essay on Rap Music And The Black Community

1075 Words Dec 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Rap music carries a very lengthy and popular reputation, some calling its lyrics violent, disrespectful of women and encouraging the use of illegal drugs. With all negative comes positive, rap music educates people from different perspectives and raises many social issues, it is also a channel for people to express freely about their view on political or social issues and by doing so,engaging youth to become concerned and aware of global issues. Making the youth aware of the world around them and the conditions they face in society, enabling individuals to discuss ways in which they can make a positive change within society. A few of the issues that rap has created awareness in are racial discrimination and the importance of mental health in the black community. Rap is the idea of the mind, body, and soul, it encourages both the artist and listeners who may be struggling with identical issues. Some people may use a canvas to tell their life story, rappers use words and metaphors as their canvas to tell their life story.
Mental health issues in the black community have consistently been talked about as a taboo; just pray a little harder and your problems will go away. However,“Rap has a complicated relationship with depression. For starters, it was born as an appendage of hip-hop and its young black men surging with machismo, black masculinity has always been at odds with clinical depression, mostly because copping to it can be considered an admission of fragility”…

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