Rap
“Mr. Officer, I want to see you layin’ in a coffin, sir,” from The
Chronic and “F— the police,” from N.W.A., are few lyrics from the
music genre “gangsta rap.” This kind of music is being sold to young
children without any thought of concern. When many children listen to this kind
of music they think that was being said in the songs is not wrong or against the
law. The lyrics in many songs contain violent and explicit lyrics that usually
talk about killing someone along with sounds of gunshots in the background. It
is also music that refers to women as “bitches,” “whores”
and sex-dispensing “hos”(Saunders B29). “Gangsta rap ” has
been criticized and debated over for its graphic sexual content, violent imagery
and misogyny. When rappers were asked why they refer to women as bitches and hos
their replies were similar. “Snoop” says, “that it is just for
the women who are like that and if you’re a real women, you’re classy and
elegant. Those lyrics wouldnt necessarily affect you. Youd just groove to
the music” (Farley 78). Richard Shaw, Bushwick Bill, says: “I call
women bitches and hos because all the women I’ve met since I’ve been out here
are bitches and hos.” When asked, at the National Association of Black
Journalists convention, what he calls his mother he says, “I call her a’woman’, but I’m not f—ing my mother. If I was f—ing you, you’d be a
bitch.” He then apologized for what he said to the reporter. (Raspberry
A21) “If you don’t give a f— about a bitch/ Then you’re rolling with the
row”, are lyrics from Doggystyle. If all people were to think like this
what respect would women have. Some say, “if we don’t have respect for our
women, why should anyone else?” (Raspberry A21). Do these rappers think
that they own women and can treat them any way they want to. If this is the way
some people think, that the own women and can dis respect them then what
footsteps are the children going to follow in. Young children and adults, 14, 15
and 16 years of age, who listen and memorize these rap songs think that it is
acceptable behavior. “Gangsta rap” is hardly the only source of
violence, but it is a potent one. Not only is the music violent but the rappers
lifestyle is also. Many rappers have rap sheets and young people see that and
say, “hey, their rich and money talks.” Today most young people think
that if a person is rich and famous they can get away with anything. Not all
rappers have run-ins with the law, but the ones that do are very well known.


Tupac Shakur, who recently was murdered this year, has had many run-ins with the
law. Shakur was arrested for aggravated assault, charged with shooting two off
duty police officers in Atlanta in 1993, but the charges were later dropped. He
was accused of beating a limousine driver in Los Angeles and found guilty of
threatening a fellow rapper with a baseball bat in Michigan. He was also found
guilty of sexual abuse in 1994 and was serving time up to 4 ½ years in
prison (Sims E3). In some raps he glamorized the life of a gangster and fun
gunplay. He lived the life tattooed on his stomach, “Thug Life,” and
died doing it. “Gangsta Rap” has attracted a high-profile of enemies and
no one may ever know who really killed Tupak. The police are still not sure of
who shot and killed Tupak, but they think that it may have been linked to Death
Row Record’s ties with rival gangs. There are no witnesses who can identify the
driver or shooter in the Cadillac that pulled up next to Tupak and driver,
Marion Knight. Calvin Broadus, better known as Snoop Doggy Dogg, was arrested in
1993 on murder-conspiracy charges. He pleaded not guilty and was acquitted. He
also has a police file that Hawkins 3 identifies him as a member of Long Beach
Insane Crips, a notorious street gang (Cheevers A1). He was also a drug dealer
and user. His music also glorifies violence and demeans women. Andre Young,
a.k.a. Dr. Dre, served five months in a halfway house in 1993 for violating his
probation for breaking another rap producers jaw in 1992. He was also convicted
of hitting a New Orleans police officer in a hotel brawl and of slamming a TV
talk-show host into a wall at a Hollywood club

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