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The Truth Behind Rap
강민주 강남포스트 학생기자 | 승인 2021.02.16 19:59

The history of rapping dates back to approximately 2000 years ago. Back then, stories were told rhythmically over a simple drum sequence among the storytellers in the world, which later developed into a significant culture. This altered into unique versions for different ethnic groups. This initial form of rapping was modified by the African American communities after the 1960s, mainly in Bronx, New York City. Although the official birth of rap music is not clear, it is undeniable that modern rap began as a genre along with the New York “DJs” sampling percussive beats based on disco, funk, and soul. The 1970s and 80s allowed DJs to thrive, including the rise to fame of the MCs. They initially formed record labels which expanded the potential of those artists to dominate the mainstream music scene, such as Billboard. The hip hop culture significantly transformed, and this thriving era became known as “the golden age” of hip hop. The genre of Hip hop music became even more commercially successful, becoming the top-selling music genre by the late 1990s.

 

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Rap music has become a crucial part of youth culture nowadays. However, a recent study by the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in Berkeley, California, suggests that teens who listen to rap and hip-hop are more likely to go through underage drinking and show violent behaviors. This research could not be ignored by the public. According to a poll published by the Pew Research Center in 2008, more than 70% of Americans believed that rap had an overall negative impact on society. Indeed, some rap songs might glamorize destructive behavior such as crime and the abuse of illegal products. Be that as it may, the reason why rappers make such music is quite simple and pathetic. 21 Savage, an American rapper, has mentioned in his song ‘Nothin New’ that when he writes provocative lyrics, he is trying to “feed my family, I ain’t being political”. Through this phrase, it can be suggested that the only way rappers generate high revenue is by producing stimulating lyrics in their songs. Many rappers come from impoverished backgrounds and intentionally include vulgar and explicit content in their music for attention. This shows that rappers are simply trying to do what they can to earn money, just like any other profession.

Those unsavory lyrics may contain violence and incitement of female abuse, but some argue that this is a characteristic of ‘gangster rap’ among the lower genres of hip hop and that it cannot be generalized as a characteristic of the entire hip hop genre. Referring back to what 21 Savage mentioned in his song, acknowledging the fact that the song that some view as rude and irreverent may be the only source of income to another person would be the first thing listeners do before criticizing hip hop culture.

 

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  • anon 2021-02-23 21:30:59

    Good thing that this news station is not popular since this article wouldn't do so well to a
    larger public. It has loose arguments and is backed up by bogus sources. I would go on
    with more arguments but I can't be bothered. Very low quality of research and writing,
    but i wish you all the best :)   삭제

    • anon 2021-02-23 21:28:52

      It happens in all societies, in that elderly are afraid to see the culture that they grew up
      with and enjoyed disappear. I would assume that that is what fueled the outcome of this
      statistic. Also, if you don't know, pew research center is notorious for its biased and fake
      polls.   삭제

      • anon 2021-02-23 21:26:09

        Your second source is from 2008, which had a completely different hip-hop scene
        compared to what it is now. Also, if you read the source carefully, it says that most of
        these votes came from "older respondents".   삭제

        • anon 2021-02-23 21:20:32

          Those impoverished communities, and their environment is the main reason why the
          crime rates are higher. Taking this in terms of Mcdonalds consumers in general is a
          completely unreasonable and is a misrepresentation of unaccounted variables.   삭제

          • anon 2021-02-23 21:17:46

            For example, a study by the Guardian shows that Mcdonalds customers tend to have a
            higher crime rate than other restaurant customers. This doesn't mean that there is
            something wrong with Mcdonalds, but the problem is that impoverished communities
            can only afford Mcdonalds.   삭제

            • anon 2021-02-23 21:14:36

              Your first source suggests that teens who listen to rap tend to engage in underage
              drinking and be more violent. This is a weightless statement. Just because those teens
              listen to hip-hop does not mean that there is something wrong with hip-hop, it usually is something wrong with the listener.   삭제

              • anon 2021-02-23 21:02:02

                This sounds like it is written by someone who doesn't listen to hip-hop.
                As you mentioned, many rappers come from impoverished backgrounds, however,
                hip-hop itself has often been a platform for marginalized communities to express their
                ideas.   삭제

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