The Hip Hop culture is an ever evolving way of life, with people's perspectives of it changing. The notion that Hip Hop is "detrimental" is truly outrageous. The amount of lives that it has influenced due to its intellectually stimulating messages has provided people of all ages a way to challenge their minds and give them different views on different subjects. Many people only pay attention to the rap music of today, which I also agree is trash, but that should not define the culture as a whole. Artists like KRS-One, Deltron 3030, Immortal Technique, R.A. The Rugged Man and many others have been able to grace the mic with lyrically complex songs as well as messages people can look back to and agree with. In conclusion, rap music should not be discriminated against solely because of the music in this day in age. The Hip Hop culture as a whole has provided people with an opportunity to challenge what they think and give them new reasons to fall in love with Hip Hop even more.
First off, it needs to be clarified what’s beneficial to our society and what isn’t. In my opinion, anything that enlightens us intellectually, protects us from harm or instigates our morals, is beneficial, and anything vice-versa is not. For example, something like education would be considered “good” and something like violence would be perceived as “bad”. Moving forward, nothing is concrete and we often mix our perceptions of “goods” and “bads”, which is exactly what rap is; a mixture of both “good” and “bad”.
On the negative side, I acknowledge that a majority of mainstream rap pertains to the glorification of counter-productive ideas in our society that may dampen our growth (eg. Drugs and violence). However, on the positive side, it also promotes a generally equal amount of enlightening messages that may prove to foster our minds (eg. Political advocacy and gender equality). What people seem to overlook in rap is that it’s a very broad genre and has a variety of songs and artist that differ in purpose. However, the “good” side of the rap genre does not generate as much attention. If you deeply analyze the rap genre, you would notice topics arraying from drugs, sex and violence to philosophy, conceptual stories and political views etc. This language change between the good and bad sides of rap impacts largely towards how an audience responds to the song. This shift in language is also dependant on the artist’s purpose, for example, commercialized songs that are appropriated by the music industry generally have positive and enlightening messages that are well retained by the audience. A popular example of this is “same love” by Macklemore, who is a modern rap artists, and he wrote that song to appealing to his audience by supporting gay rights.
Rap is a very loved genre that people listen to everyday. If rap wasn't important then why would thousands of people listen to it everyday? Rap shouldn't be a thing to be argued about, just because people curse or say inappropriate things in there rap songs. Rap is important and has people happy every single day.
Yeah I see the gun but it's a pellet
Yeah the ball is in your court, but it's appellate
They sayin Acid was an album retail it
I said I got way too much soul for me to sell it
That's why godfather tied the cape on my shoulders
Said save em from false prophets and wolves in sheeps' clothing
I'm a little too hard to be slept on
I'm a little too sharp to be stepped on
A little too Pac for the septum
I'm so pretty I make mirrors blush
I spit the shit in a party to make your ear adjust
I'm a parapalegic parrot with a pair of crutches in a no fly zone
On the phone talking bout how Bush trying to disparage us
There's a metaphor if I expound
There's a better score in the next round
Me and raps go together like donuts and fresh ground
Coffee, I'm awfully softly spoken
In Autumn, fall leaf clovin
My posters on dry wall and my banners are star spangled
My demons get charred, mangled, Chancelor the Archangel
I don't pray for chart singles
I grab life by the ankle like Kurt Angle
And ask it if it's ticklish
Ask me if that's ridiculous
I'm a meticulous fickle dude
That just happens to spit a little bit
And you can tell I rapped this off my phone
Cause you can hear that ringtone in the background but I'm in the zone
Why I think that is because it can talk about life issues and can influence children when they listen to rap music to know and learn new words not the swearing words. It can lead children to their dreams and live a happy life. Lastly its just like art if you like art why not like rap music their just the same
I think it contributes to a culture of violence, not taking responsibility, immorality, and drugs. Of course there are some exceptions. I know there are lots of old rap songs that don't have a bad message, but most of the garbage I hear nowadays, is not only not pleasant sounding, but has dirty detrimental messages.
This is a conjectural thing to say, as most music has the same affects on the brain. What matters are how popular a genre is (If it is more popular it will reach the ears of more impressionable and less intelligent people) and if that genre has a subject matter that could provoke those less intelligent people to do bad, things could get violent. Rap is known for having racy or graphic subject matters, though there are likely plenty of popular rap songs with a positive message (I wouldn't know because I am not a listener of the genre). To summarize, a genre cannot be inherently beneficial OR detrimental, but a song can be if it reaches the right people.