People 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.
In other words, violent lyrics can lead to violent thoughts and actions. Rap lyrics didn’t always have messages of violence sprinkled in them. Many rappers frequently use slang or acronyms in their songs, which begin to make way into our communication. Most of the time the songs are catchy, so teenagers will get these tunes stuck in their heads and begin to incorporate them into their speech. Rap was born in poor urban communities where violence may be poorly controlled, but social and economic factors can play a much greater role in the prevalence of violence. The influence of alcohol and drugs is also prominent through rap music and culture.
It’s no surprise that hip-hop/rap music follows with it a culture of drugs and sex, but the question of whether or not it is influencing listeners to act violent and graphic is unknown. There’s not enough research and it’s too difficult to tell based on other factors such as the teenager’s upbringings, hometown and education.