Gangsta Rap Music and Violence

Tawandra Rowell, Rutgers University

ABSTRACT
Rap music has emerged as one of the most predominant forms of musical expression in America's history. What originally started out as an art form consumed by the African American community, rap music has crossed racial and cultural boundaries and infiltrated the suburbs where many white youth are now the consumers. The problem with this form of musical expression is the lyrical content, which exists within gansta rap music. Gangsta rap music is characterized by its extremely violent nature, misognistic lyrics, excessive materialism, profanity, and general disregard for authority figures. It has been criticized for its negative impact on its consumers. The nature of gansta rap and its possible impact on American society will be examined and discussed in great detail.

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