Write 5 pages thesis on the topic listening to rap: cultures of crime, cultures of resistance. Rap music prints an image of the current situation in the urban streets. Mostly, teens want to be referred to as cool people as it is their top priority at their age. This paper will seek to establish whether rap music is a total disaster to teens or there are positive impacts. It will also seek to establish ways of minimizing the negative effects on teens.
It is evident that a majority of America’s youth are exposed to the rap genre of music which has a lot of explicit languages. Since the rise of rap music, teens have adored it as well as using it for solving their problems. However, rap music tends to be very destructive especially when parents and caretakers are not keen on what the kids listen to and for how long. The content of such music may prove to be very destructive to the youths’ minds and academic focus. Youths are the major target of rappers as they promote their music. Youths are in love with rap music and media. presenting a selling opportunity to rappers. This promotes addiction to rap music and its negative impacts. Rap musing gives the youth a sense of belonging since the genre is customized to youths and their habits (Tanner et al 670). Teenagers who pick rappers to be their role models tend to acquire bad influence from such rappers and do what the rapper does.
Most of the present successful and famous rappers started their career of singing on the selling drugs, getting in a collision with the law as well as the school of hard knocks. According to a number of researches done on the effects of rap music on teens and the young generation, the findings mostly indicate that listening to rap music tends to cause deviant behavior and unnecessary aggressiveness. A study conducted to evaluate teens who listen to rap music perception of violence and crime shows that such teens are more receptive to violent actions especially against the female folk. In addition, teens who watch both violent and nonviolent rap music videos tend to acquire materialistic characteristics and the potentials to possess things through crime and lack commitment to success through academic pursuit. Another research depicts that teenage females, through watching rap videos showing women in sexuality roles, are more likely to advocate for violence against females in relationships and dating games (Sealey et al 348).