As I am growing up, I have noticed that lyricism has taken a greater impact on how I judge music to be good or bad. When I was younger, I simply judged music based off of its melody and beat, not even paying to the lyrics (despite it being language sometimes frowned upon by family). The majority of music I listened to was of the Hip-Hop genre. For example, I am even subject to such simple judgement now, when I listen to the song "Up" by LoveRance and 50 Cent (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUwdz6chHJk&ob=av2e)
The whole concept of the song is how much sexual intercourse the rapper supposedly gets and the rapper bragging about it. This concept is most explicitly shown in the refrain of the track: "I beat the pussy up up up up up up up" One who has never listened to this single could question how another can listen to such lyricism without being disgusted, themselves finding the urge to just turn off the song as soon as the refrain is repeated again and again in the first 30 seconds of the song.
However, I would say right off the top of my min, "I was caught in the melody in the background of the music and the bass of the rap track." Yet, one may not see my explanation as good proof. I do not consciously disregard the controversial lyrics of these rap tracks; in fact, sometimes I inform others to disregard the lyrics when I introduce the song to them, myself originally just paying attention to the melody and bass.
So my question is: Are the rappers getting away with this controversial lyricism through their use of bass in the song and unique melodies? Disregarding your answer to that question, also contemplate: Should we allow such lyricism to fly by as popularity of the track arises the masses it reaches out to?