Censorship Of Rap Music

Recently we have been hearing a lot about the need for censorship of
television and recording industries. Whether it is the cartoon Beavis and
Butthead, the controversial television drama NYPD Blue or rap recording
artists, someone always s eems to arguing about their negative effects on
society and the need for government regulation.

Being a fan of rap, I am particularly interested in issues effecting
regulation of the recording industry and rap artists. Popular "gangsta
rappers" include Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dog, Tupac Shakur, Ice Cube, and Ice
Tea. Many are outraged at the explicit lyrics of the songs and the
lifestyles of these artists. Snoop Doggy Dog and Tupac Shakur are two ...

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murder. On August twenty- fifth Snoop was driving his late model Jeep
in Palms, California. He met up with Philip Woldemar iam, who according to
Snoop's attorney, had a long history of threatening Snoop. Snoop's
bodyguard shot Woldermariam twice in the back, killing him. On December
eighth, Snoop was arraigned for murder, but later found innocent. Many of
the lyrics in Snoop's songs degrade women, encourage the use of marijuana
and glorify violence against authority.

Another publicized case involves rapper Tupac Shakur. Many know him for
his starring role in the movie "Poetic Justice" with Janet Jackson. Tupac
Shakur's song "Keep Ya Head Up" contains such lyrics as

"I wonder why we take from our women Why we rape our women Do we
hate our women? I think it's time we care for our women Time to
heal our women."

Despite the lyrics encouraging men to respect women, Shakur was recently
arrested for sexually abusing a woman in a midtown hotel. This ...

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