The Effects of Rap on Inner Cities
Thesis Do you believe that one’s words can reflect on a certain person’s action? Today, Rap has become the most popular type of music In the US. The Rap Industry Is dominated by artists’ who mostly dedicate their lyrics to either violence, drugs, or sex. Through 1998 and 1999 the survey taken by the National Music Bureau, stated that 46% of the listeners of Rap are under the age of 19. While 65% of the listeners, live in run-down homes, or impoverished areas, usually being inner cities. The NationalMusic Bureau also reported that in the 66% of the listeners of Rap who are under the age of 19, 86% of those teen-eager are black.
Along with that fact, many of the artists sing about their ghettos, and their past ways of life, which included, drugs, sex, murder, and alcohol. The listeners of rap living in run down areas in the inner cities see themselves in the same situation as many of the rap artists’, and duplicate what they hear. So although a person may be responsible for his or her action, rap music dramatically affects the lives of America’s Inner cities and slums.In this day and age, of the biggest problems In America has become teen pregnancy. 68% of 18-year old have had sexual Intercourse, while half of 1 7;year old have had sexual intercourse. To add to that, 6 in 10 girls between the ages of 18-19 become pregnant. While pregnancy rates among teens continue to rise, rappers continue to rap and call themselves “Plaza’s” and rap about their, “bitched,” and sexual encounters.
In a song titled “The B. I. G” Notorious B. I. G AKA Biggie Smalls says “Please don’t shoot up your guns, Cause one of these ladies will be having’ my baby. “Of the 66% of the listeners of rap, who are under the age of 19, 26% of them are women. Biggie is promoting sexual activity, and a bad message is being sent out to all women.
Another Important fact is that every year 3 million teens; about 1 in 4 sexually experienced teens acquire a Sexually Transmitted Disease (S. T. D). Another rapper, “Mast’ Plump” begins each song by saying “Plan’ Mint Easy! ” In a song by Mast’ Plump titled “The Way of Life,” Mast Pimp says “From the ghetto to where all my hooch’s at, I’ll ride for life, FSP%# dad condoms, Decades I’ll all dad bitched for fife. While Mast’ Pimp talks about his “hooch’s” in his ghetto, 60% of sexually active teens between the ages 15-19 come from low income families, and usually live in run down ghetto’s or bad neighborhoods. At the same time, Mast’ Pimp is promoting the doing away of condoms, and it is proven that a sexually active teen- eager who doesn’t use protection has a 90% chance of pregnancy within one year. Another devastating statistic is that of the 60% of teen-age mothers living in inner- cities or slums, much like many of the rap artists’.
1% of the women who have babies are forced to drop out of school, and raise their children. This takes them out of the work force, and hard working citizens are forced to pay higher taxes, with welfare rates going up. The rap artists’ are not only effecting the 21% of the 60% that choose to raise their children, but the 41% that choose to have abortion are presented with two big problems. Not only is abortion costly, but 34% of women that abortions face a 2% chance of dying, and 34% chance of having an ulcers, or falling into states of depression, which many times leads to suicide.So, with teen- arrogance being a big problem in the US ‘s rap artists’ are only promoting it, and making matters worse. Unlike rap artists’ in the early ass’s such as MAC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, and Tone Loc, today’s wave of rap artists’ focus much of their music on violent crime, mainly murder, and theft. In one of 2-Pace Shaker’s greatest hits, he says, “I’m a self made millionaire, thug living’ out of prison pistols in the air.
” Outpace refers to himself as a thug, and synonyms for the word thug include “hooligan,” “thief,” and “gangster. At the same time that 2-Pace Shaker is promoting himself as a thug,” the Bureau of Justice proved that the young blacks, living in houses with low income, were the most vulnerable to violent crime. In addition, 1 in 20 blacks compared to 1 in 26 whites commit violent crime. It can be concluded that out of the 66% of the fans of rap that live in inner cities, many of them are committing crimes. Likewise, in much of 2-Pace Shaker’s music he focuses on his “East Coast Rivals,” and when rapping about his East Coast Rivals, many threats are being made.Shaker in a song titled “Hit Mom Up,” says “Little Caesar go ask your homey how I’ll leave you cut our young a$$ up live in you in pieces. ” 49% of murder victims are blacks, and 28% were killed in gang activity in city slums.
Another astounding fact is that of the 28%, 20% are 18 and under. The originators of Gangs’ Rap, the “Beastie Boys” have a song titled “Robbing’ and Stealing’. ” This whole song is dedicated to tales about robbing banks, stealing from old ladies, and their personal ventures, which included robbing gas stations, and quickie marts.What makes this song so significant is the fact that 32% of all crimes committed in inner cities had to do with bank robbery, car heft, and home burglaries. All these facts, and statistics only serve to prove that the message that rap artists’ send out is negative, and that people living in the inner- cities and slums of America are affected by the artists’ lyrics. Throughout the course of 1997, a cable network known as MAT (Music Television) took 3 trips from Lexington Kentucky, to Lexington Kentucky to Chicago, Illinois. The topic of the program was to speak to teenagers in gangs and ask them how Gangs’ rap has affected their lives.
On the first trip, Mat’s”s Tibia Sorer to speak with a member of he Lexington Mean Street Posse, known as Pete “GAS. ” When Tibia asked him how artists’ such as Biggie Smalls, 2-Pace Shaker, and The Beastie Boys have affected his life, he said “You know Gangs’ Rap is the way to go around here. It’s Just like we hear the $hit, and boo-bam, it sets everything off. It’s Just like the East Coast and West Coast war around here, you either ride or die with your Kill. ” The amazing characteristic about this group was that 4 of the 7 members were 16 years old, and 2 were highlights dropouts.Another characteristic that surprised many viewers was hat all except 2 of the members were Black. On the second tour to New York City, Tibia Sorer had a chance to speak to a powerful ganged called the “Back Alley Kill.
” A member of the group Billy “P,” was asked the same question that Tibia asked Pete “GAS. ” When asked the question, Billy’s response was “Oh hell yeah, why you think that you see peeps walking’ around with clocks tucked under their belts? ” Billy P at the time was 15 years old, and had dropped out of school at the age of 13 h.On the tour to Chicago, Tibia this time spoke with a concerned mother who was The mother was concerned about the fact that Rodney could go to Jail at anytime, or even die before going to Jail due to extensive gang activity. This mother stated that her son only 17 years old, had been expelled from 3 different high-schools for pulling guns on other students, and her son was arrested more than 3 times for possession of marijuana. She also told Tibia that two of his best friends, who were with the same gang, were sentenced to life in Jail for killing two of their foes in a drive-by.When she was asked the question about the impact of rap on her son’s life, she plied with “l assume it does, because from the day he started to listen to that Junk he has had some kind of gangster mentality. If my son and I ever talk about something it’s about 2-Pace or the East Coast VS.
. West Coast scuffles. Tibia, at the end of the show concluded that the all the gang members seen, could soon be the future of rap. The bottom line is that rap is indeed very influential, and does reflect the actions of many people. Another negative message that rap artists’ are sending out that must be viewed is promoting the usage of alcohol and drugs.In a song titled America’s Most Wanted,” 2-Pace says “Bring out the Champagne bottles, and all the boos, and have one on us. ” The National Bureau of Justice also took a count, and 48% of Malt Liquors, are being sold in mainly Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Los Angles California.
The problem with that is the majority of rap fans live in those areas, known as the slums of America. Among the 1 million violent crimes in the cities of New York, Chicago, Washington, Los Angles, Lexington, Detroit, 45% of the time, involved an offender who had been drinking. In addition, rap artists’ are also rumoring the usage of all types of drugs.In a song named “Rolling’,” Snoop Doggy Dog, another famous rap artist says “Rolling’ down the street, smoking’ Indo, sipping’ on jinn and Juice. ” Furthermore, in another song titled “10 Crack Commandments” Biggie Smalls says “I’m a Kin Killer, and the D in Drug Dealer. ” Not only is Biggie labeling himself as a Killer, but also a Drug Dealer. The National Bureau of Justice took a survey on drug usage.
The National Bureau of Justice proved that 71% of drug sales in the US take place in the cities of New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Los Angles, Lass Vegas, and Detroit.