Sunday, February 5, 2012

Has Hip-Hop Had an Adverse Effect On Our Young

In the article posted below, I found it very interesting that some people blame the adverse development of our generation on hip-hop music. Personally, I find that to be outrageous because hip-hop has given our generation another way to express itself and connect to others. Sure, there are some people out there who have taken hip-hop music too far, but for the most part, hip-hop has not been a detriment to our youth.

I have posted the link below for you to build your own conclusions:

Please let me know how you feel about the article.



  1. Agreed, I think that the adverse development of our generation has numerous variables, a lot of which have to deal with media in our society, but blame cannot be put more heavily on hip-hop music.
    Personally I think I would have a different attitude if not for hip-hop music; I use songs as placeholders in my life- certain beats can conjure up memories and people for me like no other form of memento. Whether it be good, bad, or indifferent, hip-hop is a part of our culture that has irrevocably impacted my life.

  2. I do agree with you Ryan, however I feel that certain tracks that have been released in the past 10 years, coupled with absurd music videos, have been detrimental to the public. I know this class revolves around the true beauty of hip-hop, but I feel that you can only extract this true beauty from the truly beautiful; do you see Tyga benefiting anyone intellectually or emotionally? He is a bad influence on a young generation and should not really be considered to have any artistic value.

    Certain hip-hop tracks have had adverse effects on our generation; however, the vast majority of hip-hip continues to be heartfelt lyricism that can benefit us all.

  3. I agree with all the above statements. My dad would always lecture on how hip-hop was detrimental to the young generation and I would always reply "Okay dad" because I didn't want to attempt to explain the exquisiteness of some hip-hop to an elder who wouldn't, or wouldn't want to, understand. I agree hip-hop has become much broader and some songs are merely for making money and gaining fame, rather than for the beauty of the lyric.

    Today in class we talked about Eminem's rebel attitude and outrageous expressions. Are his lyrics moral or beneficial for the public? Not necessarily, but Eminem is merely venting his feelings and it sells. Some people really relate to the words in his lyrics, and because of this, sometimes take them too seriously. Eminem, in "The Way I Am", references the media using Marilyn Manson as a scapegoat for the Columbine Shooting. In fact later, Eminem was even blamed for deaths of our young generation. Personally, I believe that it is very wrong to assume that reasonable people take orders from songs and then blame the artist for a psychotic person for a disturbing act.

    Here are the articles:


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