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Integration of Violence in Rap Music
George Christopoulos – 1037247
300-301-VA IP – Topic: Violence
The purpose of this research is to examine the integration of the theme of violence in the rap genre of music. In this paper, we analyse rap music from three different perspectives: the historical perspective, the sociological perspective and the psychological perspective. This paper begins by looking at the origins of rap music and how it started off as a political movement. Then it looks at the evolution from its beginning to the 21st century and how violence was integrated inside of rap. The paper then moves on to how the social conflicts between the whites and the African-Americans played a role in the integration of violence in the genre as well as how the social media contributed to the increase of violence in this music. Finally this paper will determine whether or not listening to this genre has an effect on its listener’s behaviors and if so, what causes this change in behavior.
The Integration of Violence in Rap
Drugs, sex, violence and alcohol; what do they all have in common? Rap music. It seems like that is what defines rap music these days. Many people are quick to criticize this type of music on account of the content; however they remain loyal fans to the music. For many listeners, rap music is a strong and meaningful representation of life, for others it is simply a form of musical entertainment. Rap music originated in South Bronx, New York in the early 70s (Stephens & Wright II, 2000, p.23). It started off having an exclusive African American fan base before becoming produced and listened to in mainstream culture. Through the process of its development, rap music went through many changes. It went initially from being about celebrating freedom to today being largely about violence and sexual objectification. This paper will analyse the transformation in the...