Rap / Hip-Hop negatively affects youth culture

I will preface this by saying that I enjoy many types of music, including some rap. I like the rhythms, the beats, the sound effects, even sometimes, the lyrics. I also enjoy the attitude, but in a mocking way and not in a “taking it serious” way.. But regardless of enjoying some of this art-form (and I use the term loosely), I still must point out some inherent problems that seem obvious to me:

Rap is a multi-billion dollar industry, catering mostly to agitated young
men, whom, due to sexual and or financial frustration, need a cathartic
outlet for their aggressions and hatred of women and/or authority. Rap
is shallow and superficial, promoting greed, vanity, violence, disrespect,
and illiteracy. “Hip-Hop”, as it is now being called, portrays successful
males as ignorant, lazy, over-sexed, clownish thugs, and desirable
women as being silly, slutty, and greedy. It downplays the importance
of any classical or traditional virtues such as humility, loyalty, respect,
etc, etc, etc… All that matters in the rapper’s world is how sexy your
bitches and ho’s are, how much money, jewelry, clothes, cars, and
houses you have, and how much fear and/or respect you command
from other playas/gangstas/pimps/whatever. This nonsense gives our
youth, especially males with no healthy outlet for their egos, the idea
that this is how they should act, to gain what they think might be a
chance at some kind of happiness in a shallow, materialistic, status-
symbol driven world. Young people listening to this garbage are fast
becoming simplistic, rude, arrogant, uneducated trouble-makers. The
boys are becoming abusive, uncaring egomaniacal vandals with a
propensity for fighting for no good reason, and some of the girls are
fast adopting a persona of caring about nothing except how many
guys a guy has command of, what kind of status symbols he owns,
or how many of her bills he can pay, with no thought of what they
are like as people on the inside. Only what is outside matters. Only
confidence, arrogance, and attitude are important. A good example of
all that is bad about rap culture and music, is the latter-day Adolph
Hitler, Eminem. This blonde-haired blue-eyed Nazi poster boy, who
is being pimped out by sell-out Dr. Dre, to further infiltrate white
culture with the rap virus, speaks of raping little sisters with knives,
and all other manner of ultra-violent perversions. His boyish looks
and cartoonish, annoying, Jar-Jar Binks, “na-na-na-boo-boo” voice,
lyrics, and comic book music videos help him to brainwash the masses
of pre-teens and teens sitting in white suburbia looking for guidance
from the TV and radio in the void their absent, career-minded parents
have left while chasing the newest SUV. My cousin, who was a nice
little boy until a few years back, is one of many young men who are
becoming Eminem. It’s like he is being cloned. These millions of little
toy soldiers will spread his annoying manner of speech, offensive
language, hateful spite, and misogynistic message across the face of
the earth, until, eventually, noone respects or cares about anyone,
and the only goal of life is to fill your wallet with blingbling, ice your
wrist with platinum, drive a bentley, and get your jimmy waxed by
the bitches and hos that you slap around while annoying everyone
around you with your loud, self-advertising propoganda. Is that the
world that we want?

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I am a logical, open-minded, liberal, progressive, radical, green, independent individual living in the heart of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, amongst apparently brainwashed conservative southern Baptist Republican zombies. I'm tired of the lies of the government and their media mouthpieces and their corporate masters. I'm tired of the cheating and the stealing and the killing. I'm ready for the future. But the only way we are going to fix things is to all band together and say NO MORE! We have to start punishing the rich white collar criminals as harshly as the poor black blue-collar criminals, if not more so. And I'm tired of cults (AKA religions). They are dangerous, divisive, and delusional. We should evolve past religions towards a global humanitarian ethics. We should move away from a new world order and get back to city states with local democracy, power, food, and water.

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