The Negative Influences Of Music Essay

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Teenagers today are negatively impacted by the messages that rap music is sending out through its lyrics, music videos, and through personal statements from the artists. The impacts include perilous things such as drugs, unprotected sex, and murder which will lead to them hurting themselves as well as others. Through censoring music and speaking up, concerned adults can help to diminish these problems although they may never completely disappear.

Speech is one of the most impacting ways of getting across what someone wants to say. Through lyrics rap artist are able to convey the message they want to early to the fans. Often times these lyrics are full of negative messages and have negative effects on the listener. In a study done it was found that "songs with violent lyrics consistently increased aggressive feelings and thoughts, regardless of musical style or the use of humor. Researchers say the violence in the music prompted feelings of hostility without provocation or threat, which could later lead to violent behavior. "Aggressive thoughts can influence perceptions of ongoing social interactions, coloring them with an aggressive tint," says researcher Craig A. Anderson, PhD of Iowa State University." (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology May 2003) Young Adults listening to rap music may take these lyrics seriously and act upon them. Some of the representative lyrics are from a producer named Dr. Dre. His former group N.W.A. (Niggaz with Attitude) has lyrics as follows "This is the bitch that did the whole crew/She did it so much we made bets on who the ho would love to go through.../And she lets you videotape her/And if you got a gang of niggers the bitch'll let you rape her(N.W.A, 1990)." These lyrics are derogatory sexual innuendoes viewed by many as promoting gang rape. This is one of the many where a rap artist may speak of violence and killing and the young adult listeners will follow in the steps of their "role models."

These role models not only portray their messages through lyrics but also through music videos. MTV, the leading premium channel is the host of the majority of these videos. Every day new rap artists come out with songs, and videos to portray their negative messages. J-KWON, and new rap artist starts out his song by saying "teen drinking is very bad...but I got a fake I.D. yo." Basically saying don't drink, oh wait I have a fake I.D. so it's ok to. Young adults take these messages and apply them to real life, and they incorporate it into their values and lives. Many studies are done on these negative impacts that are affecting young adults. On of them said "After studying 522 black girls between the ages of 14 and 18 from non-urban, lower socioeconomic neighborhoods, researchers found that compared to those who never or rarely watched these videos, the girls who...

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