The Effects Of Rap On Inner Cities Essay

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     Do you believe that one’s words can reflect on a certain person’s action? Today, Rap has become the most popular type of music in the US. The Rap industry is dominated by artists’ who mostly dedicate their lyrics to either violence, drugs, or sex. Through 1998 and 1999 the survey taken by the National Music Bureau, stated that 46% of the listeners of Rap are under the age of 19. While 65% of the listeners, live in run-down homes, or impoverished areas, usually being inner cities. The National Music Bureau also reported that in the 66% of the listeners of Rap who are under the age of 19, 86% of those teen-agers are black. Along with that fact, many of the artists sing about their ghettos, and their
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Another devastating statistic is that of the 60% of teen-age mothers living in inner-cities or slums, much like many of the rap artists’. 21% of the women who have babies are forced to drop out of school, and raise their children. This takes them out of the work force, and hard working citizens are forced to pay higher taxes, with welfare rates going up. The rap artists’ are not only effecting the 21% of the 60% that choose to raise their children, but the 41% that choose to have abortion are presented with two big problems. Not only is abortion costly, but 34% of women that have abortions experience side and after effects. Women that choose to have abortions face a 2% chance of dying, and 34% chance of having an ulcers, or falling into states of depression, which many times leads to suicide. So, with teen-pregnancy being a big problem in the US ’s rap artists’ are only promoting it, and making matters worse.
Unlike rap artists’ in the early 90’s such as MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, and Tone Loc, today’s wave of rap artists’ focus much of their music on violent crime, mainly murder, and theft. In one of 2-Pac Shakur’s greatest hits, he says, “I’m a self made millionaire, thug livin’ out of prison pistols in the air.” Tupac refers to himself as a thug, and synonyms for the word thug include

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