The Influence Of Rap Music

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Music is an important factor in people’s everyday life. Whether is rock, pop, country, or hip-hop, music can influence a person’s life from the way they behave to the way they feel; it [music] can lift someone’s mood when they are sad, or even inspire them when needed. Music affects people’s lives greatly, and can shape how a person grows; the different types of music genres that exist have their own element that contributes to a person’s life. As well as shaping their lives, music can affect how people see themselves due to the images in music videos that create a certain standard of beauty among teenage girls. However, some music genres have a stronger influence than others among people. Rap music can give young girls the wrong idea about …show more content…
In particular, rap music during the 90s often referenced issues such as oppression and injustice. Furthermore, rap music has different subgenres within, and each of those subgenres can be interpreted differently depending on the message the lyrics transmit and the individual’s way of thinking. For example in Beyoncé’s song “Formation”, she talks about her heritage and culture while also addressing the Black Lives Matter Movement. Again, not all rap music conveys a negative image, “Rap music is a genre that was born out of slave spirituals, blues jazz, and ‘soul’ as a musical expression of African American traditions . . . a variety of messages have been found to exist within rap music” (Conrad et al. 135). Rap music can express different messages, either positive or negative; this music genre is often used to fight injustice as well as to promote awareness concerning different issues that affect minorities. While it may not always be used to communicate positive images of certain topics, the genre of rap is unique and contains and variety of subgenres that express …show more content…
Rap music often projects the wrong idea to young people who listen to this genre. More specifically, the majority of rap songs frequently portray women as objects, claiming women are just there to submit to men. “Misogyny was defined as sexualizing women and the dominance of men over women” (qtd. in Conrad et al 142). Sources suggest that women are commonly sexualized in the music industry, thus creating a faulty representation of women. As a result, the majority of rap songs project the wrong idea to young girls, affecting their self-esteem and teaching them that is okay to mistreat women when in reality is the opposite. Additionally, some music genres portray violence against women, often calling them offensive names. For example in Dr. Dre’s song “Bitches ain’t sh*t” featuring Snoop Dogg, the lyrics “bitches ain’t sh*t but hoes and tricks” suggest that women are nothing more than just prostitutes. In rap music “ women being reduced to body parts rather than a whole person” (qtd. in Conrad at al 143) is common, and while some might argue that this music genre can transmit a positive message, that is often not the case because the issue with misogyny in songs generally overshadows the positive side of it. Thus, creating an issue among young girls that make them believe they are worth

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