Paper: Does Hp-Hop Get a Bad Rap?

Lyrics in rap that cause the most controversy are the ones that talk about killing people or ones that portray woman as just objects. When rappers were asked why they refer to women as bitches and hos their replies were similar. "Snoop" says, "that it is just for the women who are like that and if you're a real women, you're classy and elegant. Those lyrics wouldn't necessarily affect you. You'd just groove to the music." But even though rappers like Tupac Shakur and "Biggie Smalls" might rap about hurting women or killing people, they are not to be blamed for what people do regardless of what correlation there might be. And even though it is unclear whether or not rap causes violent crimes, it should never be used as a scapegoat for hiding the more important issues. When hip-hop was created in the late 1970's, its main message was to the black community. Artists such as Run- DMC wanted to stop gang-violence, and bring peace to the wars which plagued the streets. As the industry progressed, a more cynical and agressive connotation was being given to it. Nevertheless, there are many artists today who still appreciate the value of refined lyrics. Artists such as Queen Latifah and Black Eyed Peas preach rebelling against the established, superficial rap industry to breach its hostility and instead, of spreading opinions concerning world events today. People who have a problem with the rap industry and its head-lining artists say that these artists are not proper role models. Their reasoning behind this is that through their lyrics, rap artists do not really seem too virtuous. The youth of America seems to believe kids don't necessarily follow rap stars as role models. While this is true, it is a reflection of our society and what kinds of messages we allow to revolve around our juveniles....