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Teenagers Listen to Rap, but What Do They Really Hear?

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Samantha Valera

on 4 February 2015

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Transcript of Teenagers Listen to Rap, but What Do They Really Hear?

Identity and Rap
- The way a person views themselves
- Gender: men strive for success, and women can gain feminism
- Race: African American
Teenagers Listen to Rap, but What Do They Really Hear?
Social Aspect of Rap
Rap can be viewed as disrespectful and violent
Rap music mirrors the environment (not creating)
Rap brings out a creative side in teens and keeps them off the streets
The implications evaluated:
Social Aspects, Identity, Violence, Health, Political
Does rap music have a negative influence on teenagers in America?
Rap does not have a negative impact on teenagers
Health Aspect of Rap
Politics of Rap
Rap does have violent lyrics apparent throughout its music
This does not correlate with rap having an influence on teens
Rap can be a negative influence:
Explicit lyrics
Elonis Vs. US Court Case
Parent Advisory labels
Parents fear for their children's safety
Each listener takes different messages
Studies show
of population feel more comfortable with idea of substances
Violence in Rap
Society must accept rap as an art
Rap artists must know the limitations of their lyrics
Rap is not the cause,
it is the effect.
"Kim" by Eminem
"Sit down, bitch. If you move
again I'll beat the shit out of you."
"Lose Yourself" by Eminem
"You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime."
"Murder to Excellence" by
Kanye West and Jay-Z
"Cause I can still hear his momma cry, know the family traumatized
Shots left holes in his face, bout piranha-size"
"Hip Hop is Dead" by NAS
“What influenced my rap? Stickups and killings… Criticize that, why is that?”
Politics of Rap
Cultural Aspect of Rap
Rap started in the 1970s with DJing and beatboxing
The music reflected the time
As culture changed, the music changed with it

Identity in Rap
Identity is how someone sees themselves
Race: African American
Gender: Both males and females

Male Teenagers
Female Teenagers
Rappers portray success, wealth, and power
Male African American teen listeners seek similar qualities
Women rap artists break down gender barriers and misogynistic themes
Female teens identify positively to feminist lyrics
Stephanie Alvez led eight girls to play gender safe rap on the radio
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