The Role Of Censorship In Rap Music

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A billion dollar industry that grew from humble beginnings in the Bronx sector of New York City in the mid 1970’s was created by the poor in the lowest income neighborhoods. Diverse ethnic minorities made up the group. The music they created became known as “hip-hop” a new genre of music which consists of four main components; “DJing (disc jockeying), graffiti art, and B-boying (break dancing).” (Baker, P. 8). The fourth component was rapping (rhyming lyrics over a musical background). (Baker, P. 8) Rapping became the most popular component of “hip-hop”. It was not the rhythmic pattern or music of rap, but the lyrics that people thought were too violent and contained derogatory content which many listeners found too offensive. The spoken content …show more content…
It prohibits Congress from restricting the rights of individuals. Censorship is a form of control to prevent the truth to be seen or a problem to be dealt with. In rap music, censorship would prevent the exposure of the injustices that minorities and the underprivileged deal with. In rap music it is an attempt to suppress the words used in the lyrics. These attempts are made by activists and government agencies for the objectionable, harmful, sensitive, and even vulgar sexual …show more content…
According to a national Gallup Poll of adolescents between the ages of thirteen and seventeen, in 1992, hip hop had become the preferred genre of youth, translating to 26%. From 1999-2008, this choice of music was the second most purchased music after rock for all age groups. This was according to the Recording Industry Association of America. (Thompson, 27). Hip hop’s success can be proven by two artists who topped the charts in 2007 and 2008, rapper Jay-Z or Shawn Carter and Lil Wayne, respectively. The fastest selling rap albums in history and the first album to go number on Billboard Album charts were created by Caucasian rappers the Beastie Boys and Eminem. Assistant Professor of Afro American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota, Alexs Pate states Rap is poetry and is a significant contribution to African American Literature. The language that is used in rap is the language that we use and the images they create are no different from those created by screenwriters or crime scene

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