Why Rap Is Bad For You

Charlie K    |

This article will discuss why rap is bad for you. It’s likely the most narcissistic culture in music today, and hip-hop culture, in particular, has a pretty bad track record with regards to depression and suicide.

The genre started as the self-expression of underground youth culture in the 60s and 70s but quickly became a mainstream pop culture phenomenon in the late 80s, which then carried on to the early 90s. In the past 15 years, rappers like Jay-Z and Eminem have sold over 65 million albums each, making them the most successful rappers of all time.

The emergence of the whites is also linked to an increase in increase in drug use. Many people in the industry are trying to turn rap into an industry that is less controlled by mainstream America's rules.

We’ve already covered the rise in dangerous drugs in this country. The USA now has the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the developed world, and it has been rising at a dramatic rate since the 1990s.

While most deaths are caused by heroin and prescription pills, the numbers are still increasing every year.

Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in the US. While men typically use it, statistics suggest that women are starting to show an increased use of the drug, especially on college campuses.

The most current statistics show that 12.5% of college students ages 18 to 24 have used cocaine at some point, a number that has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. In fact, 1 in 5 college students has used cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, or both.

Why is hip-hop taking over pop culture, and what do these statistics show us about where rap culture is headed? Here are a few reasons.

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The second most common reason people start using dangerous drugs is that they want to escape their economic situation.

The great crash of the ’80s and ’90s meant that people like mine had no access to the jobs and employment they had formerly relied on, so they had to look elsewhere for economic opportunities.

We started looking towards the ghetto and seeing opportunities that were not easily accessible to us in the suburbs.

Cops are regularly shooting unarmed black youth.

According to the Washington Post, 80% of unarmed black men killed by the police are armed, yet we rarely hear about this in mainstream media.

I was shooting photos of a protest earlier this year, and during the rally, I had to move out of the way for a young man who had been shot in the shoulder.

The police had taken away his weapon, and he couldn’t react in time. We just heard the shot go off, and it wasn’t a lot of time before the police radio was broadcasting that a young man had been shot.

TV shows have no Black characters

Despite being one of the most popular forms of media, we don’t have any black characters on US TV shows.

Black actors typically play these characters, but as has been documented many times before, racial stereotypes, stereotypes that some psychologists argue contribute to racial prejudice, have become part of our culture.

Commercials are playing Black Culture instead of White Culture

There is a phenomenon in which businesses begin to advertise their products and services more in communities that are growing at a higher rate than in suburban and rural areas.

This is known as the Haves-have-it-so-they-buy-it-place, where if the average income in a community is below $30,000, they will spend more time and money advertising in those communities, and they are more likely to invest in companies that are growing in those communities.

White youth consume hip-hop music at an earlier ageTwo happy girls

While white youth consume rap music at an average age of 16, the average age for white youth to listen to hip-hop music is 6.5 years old.

This means that for white youth, young adults tend to spend less time listening to music rather than buying music, as young adults typically consume music for an average of over 10 years.

Rap music tends to play a bigger role in rap music culture and a bigger role in the white youth culture.

Major corporations are investing in Black cultures

During the height of the ’90s’ "White Male Youth" phenomenon, we saw a major influx of dollars into urban areas to gentrify them.

In the 2000s, we see the opposite, in which money is pouring into urban areas and gentrifying them to the point where hip-hop is becoming a more mainstream part of the culture. Black youth are looking more towards their white counterparts for entertainment.

While the ’90s saw the rise of MTV, the Internet, and the music industry's proliferation, the ’00s are seeing investments from major corporations into black communities. Nike and Wal-Mart are making investments in urban areas, and the same can be said about Starbucks and Coca-Cola.

Black businesses are paying more in property taxes

It is not uncommon for black businesses to pay double to triple the property tax as their white counterparts. This is because the black property is valued at $7,000 compared to $50,000 for the white property.

In New York City, black businesses pay between $30,000 to $40,000 on average for their property taxes, while their white counterparts pay between $8,000 and $9,000.

Black-owned property is less likely to get foreclosed on

Foreclosure is the process of taking away the property and putting it back up for sale. When a property owner is foreclosed on, the property is put up for auction, and the highest bidder wins.

While banks foreclose on properties for various reasons, they often do so to get their money back. However, the difference between black-owned properties and white-owned properties is that while the black property is taken away to foreclosure more often than white-owned properties, Black-owned properties are less likely to go through a foreclosure.

This phenomenon is known as reverse redlining, where banks give loans to lower-income communities and white communities with high property values but prevent loans to people of color.

Rappers often repeat the lyrics of their songs without changing the music

This creates the illusion that the words of a song express the reality of the situation that the singer and other rappers are describing. Most of the time, the music is repeating the words because the singer is rapping.

This makes the listener think that the singer has actually thought about what he is saying. The reality is that rap music is just a way for rappers to express their thoughts and ideas.

Many rappers are born and raised in black communities. Many of them are from low-income families.

The rap songs of their childhoods contain authentic references. They know what it is like to grow up in black and Latino communities.

Rapping allows them to get their words out. The rap lyrics may be harmful if they are repeated ad nauseam.

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This is called a hook. A hook, by the way, is what you hear when a song is paused.

The hook is a short part of the song. It is usually very catchy, and it often will be repeated throughout the whole song.

However, it does not have the same meaning as the rest of the song. The hook, when it is repeated, makes the song sound more exciting.

You are more likely to buy the song as a result of hearing the hook. By the same token, if you do not like the verse you just heard, you may be less likely to buy a CD because you did not like that part of the song.

Rap songs often contain meaningless references. I am sure that I do not need to go into great detail about this problem.

The listener is supposed to get the reference and understand it. In fact, this happens quite often in rap songs.

Rap music often includes cursing and sexual references

Rap music is aimed at teenagers. The lyrics of rap songs are quite different from what the listener is used to hearing in everyday speech.

Children are accustomed to using language that is written in a way that does not curse. The music has sex references because it is aimed at young people who do not think about things in the same way that adults do.

The lyrics may be scandalous for adults, but it is not necessarily an issue for teenagers.

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