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Is rap music important or beneficial to our society?

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Started: 5/20/2015 Category: Arts
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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mimimann

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Rap or Hip-Hop music is truly an American minority artist creation of which those involved in the foundation of it should be proud. In the early stages, rap music was primarily African American and a small amount of it was from the Latino Community. The Role and importance of lyrics in early rap and modern rap music is significant, even though they are often interpreted as violent, sexually explicit or sexist in content. In recent years, controversy surrounding rap music has had a dominant role in American media. From situations from the murderers of famous rappers, Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., to the demonization of modern music in light of the recent events of school shootings in Littleton, Colorado, it appears that political and media groups have been non-hesitant to direct the blame towards the influence of rap music. However, though critics are quick to acknowledge violent trends in some rap song, they are resilient to noticing the underlying point of rap"s message. Rap, similar to other forms of music, cannot be fully understood without studying it parallel to its historical and social context. Modern day rap music reflects its origin in the hip-hop culture of young, urban, working-class African-Americans, its roots in African verbal tradition, its function as the voice of an otherwise underrepresented group. Rappers verbalize about politics, sexual exploits, conditions of daily life, and their personal uniqueness. Rap can be considered the greatest example of postmodern music.
wzrd

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Rap music is not at all important. We existed fine without it and can still do. In fact, i believe it is detrimental, especially to the African american society. In the 1970's and earlier, black people were at the forefront of music, with the Blues, Funk, Disco, Rock etc. It was all about genuine emotions and not all about perpetuating ignorance and violence. There were artistes like Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, etc that used to make quality music and were admired and respected by everybody. Even the early days of rap were not that bad, at least it was not promoting ignorance and violence so much. Then you have all these impressionable young blacks who want to live the fantasies they hear in songs....and end up with a messed up society. A population making up less than 20% of a nation but more than 70% of the prison population. We can flush rap down the drain, if only to stop the decay of the american social fabric, or not if you want to keep black people down.
Debate Round No. 1
mimimann

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wzrd

Con

All rap music does is promote violence, ignorance and stupidity. Case closed.
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mimimann

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wzrd

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