Junya17’s Blog

{May 8, 2009}   Rap. Negative or positive?


“Now hush little baby, don’t you cry. Everything’s gonna be alright. Stiffen that upperlip up little lady, i told ya
Daddy’s here to hold ya through the night. I know mommy’s not here right now and we don’t know why
We feel how we feel inside. It may seem a little crazy, pretty baby. But i promise momma’s gon’ be alright”  These are the lyrics are from the song Mocking Bird by Eminem, yes this song is a rap song.  But in my opinion instead of having a negative connotation this song is somewhat inspirational to me, its basically a dad telling is daughter to hold her head up and that she is going to get through the bad times.

Now don’t get me wrong, no all rap songs are inspirational, they talk about sex, money, drugs.  Teenagers are narrow minded and if we hear the same thing over and over again eventually we’ll start to believe “hey it can’t be too bad, Lil Wayne sings about it, society repeats it constantly it can’t be THAT bad.”   After we start to believe its not that bad, we start to take part in it.  Teens having sex without mentally preparing themselves for the reality that comes afterwards, kids smoking pot without actually thinking about the consiquenecs of those actions, and teenagers doing anything and everything they can do to get money no matter what it takes.  SOME teenagers have this reaction to rap music. SOME don’t.

Think about this though, in every movie that has been rated over the PG level in the past 20 years has been FILLED with sex, drugs, violence and greed.   Tv channels such as E! bring in most of their ratings by talking about sex scandals and drug abuse.  These things that rappers fill their lyrics with are the exact thing society has already filled our minds with.  So should we really blame the rappers and the rap music?

I for one am going to keep listening to rappers such as T-I and Eminem, I don’t belive its the rappers that have had a negative influence on society but society has had a negative influence on itself.  Until they take all the “negativity” out of Hollywood I’m going to keep on listening to “that” kind of music.


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