Thesis: Rap music with explict lyrics often degrades women and cause vulnerable minds to emulate negative, aggressive behaviors.
1. Exploitation of Women
2. Hip Hop Influence on Violence
3. Are Rappers Being Targeted?
II. Exploitation of Women
III. Hip Hop Influence on Violence
A. Gang Violence
B. Vulnerable minds idolize hip hop artist
IV. Are Rappers Being Targeted?
VI. End Notes
Table of Contents
Exploitation of Women……..p 5-6
Hip Hop influence on Violence…..p 7-10
Are Rappers Being Targeted.......... p. 11-13
Conclusion…. p 14
Endnotes……. p. 15
When Hip Hop began in the mid 1970s it was an example of expression for urban black youth in a rhythmic form. The collective message of Hip Hop told candid stories of urban streets –stories of violence, police brutality, crime, and racism. Hip Hop use to have vision and a focus to move the masses into being proactive about politics, media, and a way of life-with songs like Public Enemy’s “911 is a Joke,” “Don’t Believe the Hype,” and “Fight the Power.” Legendary Hip Hop pioneer Chuck D of Public Enemy called Hip Hop the “CNN of the ghetto.”1 Public Enemy rose an entire generation pf youth into a new level of consciousness when they began infusing references to the injustices of blacks in their music. Legendary artist Rakim was one of the first to advocate the resistance to the Gulf War in 1991 with his song; “Casualties of War,” where he raps, “A Desert Storm let’s see who reigns supreme/something like monopoly/ a government scheme/ go to the army, be all you can be/ another dead solider, hell no, not me.”2
Contrastingly today Hip Hop no longer holds these values. Hip Hop star Nas states, “There was a...