Essay on Let's Stop Glorifying Drugs in Music Videos
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Let's Stop Glorifying Drugs in Music Videos
The music industry and the glorification of drugs in music video's today have changed drastically on a higher level. Since the powerful influence of Hip-Hop and it's emergence into a worldwide culture, it has sweep through inner cites and suburban life styles impacting each and everyone of us. The Hip-Hop culture, not only as a form of free poetic expression (form of spoken word and poetry,) by young black African Americans but a true look into a way of life that many of us will never see or come in contact with.
We see it everyday on MTV and BET, young artists speaking their minds about getting rich off criminal activities that seem to boost there popularity among…show more content…
It's a fantasy life that many young listens try to emulate but never actually live. Take a glance at Eminem for example, this so-called rap artist has made millions at the expense of others, degrading women, taking ecstasy and other well-known drugs. On top of all this he puts out hate music because that’s what it is, there's no other way to categorize it. It is sad to say but with each new album this guy drops, it takes away a little bit from the culture and what the music and image initially stood for and represented. These are just a select few that have redirected the path in which drugs and criminal activities are portrayed in Hip-Hop videos. The portrayal of Drugs in the Hip-Hop culture isn't the only form of music today that puts emphasis on taking drugs and showing it in videos. With the influence of rock bands such as the Strokes and the Vines many are starting to understand the concept of "Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll," a little better. Over the history of Rock and Roll the music industry has lost a lot of wonderful musicians. Just in the past decade we've seen artists like Kurt Cobain, Shannon Hoon and Lance Staley all pass taking with them the sad and horrible truth of what this powerful machine, (DRUGS!) can take from all of us, "A
Show MorePeople are surrounded by music every day of their lives. They hear it in their homes, on the radio on their way to work; some people have even caught themselves humming the tune of their favorite song to themselves. But how many people actually listen and not just hear the music they are listening to? Teens in particular don’t realize the message behind the music they are quoting the lyrics to, or the effect it has on them. In today’s culture where rap music has become increasingly popular, many teens aren’t realizing what they are listening to. A lot of teens would argue that the music they listen to has no effect on them, but they are wrong. Rap music, especially, has had a major impact on teenagers in today’s society. The lyrics of…show more content…
In other words, violent lyrics can lead to violent thoughts and actions. Rap lyrics didn’t always have messages of violence sprinkled in them. According to the article “Media Violence Causes Youth Violence,” “Studies show that modern music lyrics have become increasingly explicit, particularly concerning sex, drugs, and, most troubling, violence against women” (Senate Committee). McWhorter, a senior in public policy at the Manhattan Institute who studies various aspects of race and ethnicity, stated, “Rap took a dark turn in the early 1980s, as this ‘bubble gum’ music gave way to a ‘gangsta’ style that picked up where blaxploitation left off. Now top rappers are writing edgy lyrics celebrating street warfare of drugs and promiscuity” (McWhorter). The lyrics of today’s top rap songs are sending the wrong kinds of messages to young teens. Many of today’s rap songs have underlying messages that promote bad values. Morrison states, “Marketing messages of hate and violence to children sends the signal that violence is widespread and normal, that it is acceptable to abuse women, and that there is glamour in lawlessness” (Morrison). Teens are listening to music that sends the messages that it is okay for men to beat their wives and girlfriends because they are above the law. This has had an extremely negative effect in the black community. As stated by McWhorter, “Rap music is harmful to the black community because it