Violence In Rap Music


Boom, boom! Boom, boom! The kind of bass that drains batteries and the kind of lyrics that unload clips, these are the sounds that rap music produces. I chose this topic because I am extremely interested in rap music and I want to explore the violent aspect of the industry. I have never had a chance to look at the violent side of it and I plan to find answers to questions I have in my search. Tupac Shakur is one of my favorite artists and when he was shot and killed I really started to take notice of the violence. People were getting killed because of an image that was being set. What I really want to know, however, is why rappers feel compelled to graphically describe the ...

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violence. There is fighting in other countries like Kosovo, shootings in schools, and violence on television. In my opinion, though, nothing has a greater effect on the youth of America than rap music. However, this isn’t a new issue, there has been for years. Such as, gang violence, references to drive-by shootings and homicides in songs. Since this is such a broad topic I will explore the violent side and history of the industry, the lyrics, as well as the artists.
In 1986 an unknown rap group came "Straight Outta Compton" and they called themselves N.W.A ( Niggaz With Attitudes). Eazy-E (Eric Wright) started this group along with four friends Dr. Dre (Andre Young), MC Ren (Geronimo Pratt), Ice Cube ( O’ Shea Jackson) and DJ Yella and they soon became the most controversial group ever to hit the industry. In 1989 they released the album, Straight Outta Compton, and a wave of fear was sent over the country, it was an instant classic. With disturbing song titles ranging ...

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was a dominant force in rap music. Suge Knight, a former college football player for U.N.L.V (University of Nevada Las Vegas), used his 325 lb. frame as a scare tactic. A former employee of Knight, Vanilla Ice ( Rob Van Winkle) recently said in an interview that Knight held him by the ankles over a hotel balcony demanding rights to the song "Ice, Ice Baby." Knight and one of his employees--Mario Lavelle Johnson who helped write the song-- wanted in on the success that Ice was having with the song. Since Vanilla Ice wasn’t dumb he agreed to Knight’s demands.
In 1993 Dr. Dre released his solo debut, "The Chronic" which besides spending 8 months on the Billboard charts was ...

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