The rap genre is relatively young, although its influences can be seen daily in youth cultural interactions. When talking about the effects of rap music, we should ask the questions when they originated and the validity of the claims, while recognizing that the effects are not always negative in nature.
The affects of rap music on behavior became a public issue in 1989 when problems arose about the effect of the success of the song “Fuck the Police” (“fuck the police”), the group NWA (“Black with attitude “). The song began with a public outcry from negative comments and threats against police. The correlation between music and behavior came to light again the debate on parental supervision decals given to advertising by Tipper Gore and C. Delores Tucker.
The rap style is inspired mentalities “gangster”. The lyrics represent and invoke the same images appeared in such films as “The Godfather” and “Goodfellas.” While they have a family structure underlying images are criminal and will guide the viewer to find the embodiment of those ideals.
The “Thug Rap” covers more negative stereotypical aspects of African American culture. While extolling the struggles of the ever growing number of poor in crime riddled communities, there is an underlying imagery can lead listeners to believe that to thrive, you should use the methods mentioned in the lyrics of the songs.
The often negative depiction of women in rap music is probably the second most challenged effect on behavior. Being presented as “prostitutes, whores and bitches” and not question the music because of its popularity, is sending a message to men that surround them on to address them in that tone should be acceptable.
We should not ignore the positive and lasting political effects promoted by groups like “Public Enemy”, who encouraged young people to “fight the power” and to give them confidence that they could change the political structure that often seemed to oppress.