The Dangers of Rap Music Argumentative Essay by Nicky

The Dangers of Rap Music
Argues that rap music is violent to the ears and soul.
# 128750 | 1,505 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper first explains that, although rap music, a form of poetry said over musical instrumentation, has become ubiquitous in pop culture; in recent years, this music has developed a reputation of being brutally honest, violent and misogynistic. Next, the paper traces the association of rap music with the African-American community and the problems it has created, especially for black women. The paper concludes that, even if rap music was once the voice of the streets, it is no more. Poorer African-Americans, who aspire to be rap artists, do so to embrace corporate materialism rather than to motivate social change or express personal angst as they did in the past.

From the Paper:

"Moreover, young black children who became obsessed with rap music "may unconsciously adopt the themes in this music as their lens for viewing the world," and the images of the videos become a source of their self-definition. One black parent mourned the violence in rap videos: "Everyone wants to be tough now...Everyone wants to be hard, and education has taken the background." For young people that do not hold sexist ideals, mainstream hip-hop may influence them to do so as it spreads and continuously gains popularity."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ayanna. (2008). The Exploitation of Women in Hip-hop Culture. My Sistahs. Retrieved 18 Nov. 2008 at
  • Ekholm, Erik. (2006, December 24). Fan asks hard questions about rap music. The New York Times. Retrieved 18 Nov 2008 at
  • Johnson, James D. (1996). Differential gender effects of exposure to rap music on African American adolescents' acceptance of teen dating violence. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research. Retrieved 18 Nov. 2008 at
  • Payton, Brenda. (2004, July 4). "'Sisters' combat misogyny in rap, videos."Oakland Tribune. Retrieved 18 Nov. 2008 at

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