Gangster Rap Thesis

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Gangster rap is a subgenre of hip hop music with themes and lyrics that generally emphasize the gangster lifestyle. While this music hasn’t been around for very long – a little under thirty years – it has gained immense popularity throughout the African-American culture. However, gangster rap has had a negative impact on society. With lyrics that promote violence, drugs, guns, and sexism, gangster rap has made these types of activities acceptable, and they are not.
Gangster rap was born in the mid 1980’s, absolutely shaking up the music industry. This new music genre was unlike anything listeners had heard before, as it portrayed images of guns, violence, gangs, and sexism. Despite these harsh images, rap became popular in just a few short
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Even though it is just a genre a music, it is still a problem that needs to be solved. It is immoral to condone the actions that are present in the lyrics of gangster rap, however, these lyrics are broadcasted worldwide to a mass audience. This sends off the wrong message to listeners, especially the younger, more vulnerable audience, who are more likely to take these lyrics in a more serious manner. Many groups advocate for taking the rights away from gangster rap artists to broadcast their music, but other groups argue that it is just as immoral to take away their freedom of speech as it is for the artists to rap about murder, guns, drugs, and violence. There have been many famous disputes regarding the censorship of rap music, and there are many famous people who have spoken out against rap music and its …show more content…
Her name was Sister Souljah, and she gave an interview to The Washington Post stating that, "I mean, if black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people? You understand what I'm saying? In other words, white people, this government and that mayor were aware of the fact that black people were dying every day in Los Angeles under gang violence. So, if you're a gang member and you would normally be killing somebody, why not kill a white person? Do you think that somebody thinks that white people are better, or above dying, when they would kill their own kind?" Bill Clinton spoke out against what she had said in the interview, comparing Souljah's rhetoric to former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke. A Florida governor was also very outspoken against gangster