Rap music has been criticized for its violent content, but the culture of violence in rap dates back to the 1960s, when Malcolm X’s upraised fist encapsulated the new mood. Many blacks began to perceive crime and violence as appropriate responses to racial inequality. But the question remains, why are lyrics about violence so appealing? Let’s explore some of the reasons why.
Hip hop isn’t a cry for freedom from oppression, but a style of vocal delivery popularized in the genre. Rap was created by the rapper N.W.A. and is often associated with crimes, violence, and easy money. However, the culture of rap has been linked to crime and violence for more than four decades, and many prosecutors in the US have deemed certain lyrics a criminal threat. Furthermore, numerous studies have looked into the impact of hip hop on children.
Another reason that rappers have turned their lyrics into “war songs” is because they are not interested in educating their audiences about the dangers of violence. Moreover, the ghetto had become a ruleless war zone, and black people became their own worst enemies. In order to reach a wider audience, hip hop artists glamorized the ghetto lifestyle and its consequences. This makes the experience harder for kids stuck in the ghetto. For example, privileged stars like Sean Combs play the role of a street thug, which is not very helpful for children, but serves as an education in the pathology of violence.
Regardless of the rap genre, the words of violent rap songs may influence their listeners to act aggressively. This is a concern because violent lyrics often end up in the hands of prosecutors, and rap music can change the way people behave. This is the question that the music industry should be asking: Why is rap music so appealing? And why is it so effective? What’s the connection between violent lyrics and violent behavior?