Gangsta rap: should it be censored?O. James Ivey H Environmental Engineering Technologist Toledo, Ohio
I'm not a "blue nose"; I like music as well as the next guy. But gansta rap is a whole different ball game. Although I realize that the gangsta rap gang·sta rap also gangster rap
A style of rap music associated with urban street gangs and characterized by violent, tough-talking, often misogynistic lyrics. subculture is a by-product by·prod·uct or by-prod·uct
1. Something produced in the making of something else.
2. A secondary result; a side effect.
1. of a society that does not provide equally for all of its citizens, it's bad that some Black artists and promoters are getting rich by degrading women, advocating violence, and encouraging drug use.
Gangsta rap is addictive. It has turned many a young Black male away from productive activity and has given him a mixed-up view of himself, his history, and his future.
Most Black young men can tell me everything about Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, and other gangsta Noun 1. gangsta - (Black English) a member of a youth gang
AAVE, African American English, African American Vernacular English, Black English, Black English Vernacular, Black Vernacular, Black Vernacular English, Ebonics - a nonstandard form of American English rappers, but ask them who Dr. Charles Drew or Marcus Garvey Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., National Hero of Jamaica (August 17, 1887 – June 10, 1940), was a publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, Black nationalist, orator, black separatist, and founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). were, and all I get are blank, puzzled looks.
Being a child of the 1960's. I was never an advocate of censorship. I may have to be, where gangsta rap is concerned. It's sad to see a young Black male hanging on the corner, calling another Black a "nigga" or a Black woman a "bitch" or a "ho," or grabbing his crotch crotch
The angle or region of the angle formed by the junction of two parts or members, such as two branches, limbs, or legs. in full view of everybody. Have we stink so low that we think that it's o.k. to degrade each other, so long as somebody pays us for it?
Ryan C. Moore Television/Radio Major Brooklyn College Brooklyn College: see New York, City University of.
What is gansta rap? "Gangsta rap" is what White male media have labeled this art form. Gangsta rap should not be censored. Rap music rap music or hip-hop, genre originating in the mid-1970s among black and Hispanic performers in New York City, at first associated with an athletic style of dancing, known as breakdancing. is a music that is predominantly Black male, so, in other words Adv. 1. in other words - otherwise stated; "in other words, we are broke"
put differently , they want to censor the Black man. A few months ago, C. Delores Tucker had a hearing on rap music being offensive to women. What would she know about the problems a young Black male from the 'hood runs into daily? Rap music, whatever society wants to label it, is the voice of young Black males across the nation. Rap music is our podium, where we are crying out for help--but it seems nobody hears us.
Monica E. Solomon Counselor/Administrator Jersey City State College
Music has always been a powerful influence in the lives of African Americans. From slavery to civil rights, we have strengthened, encouraged, and empowered ourselves with the positive messages communicated through music.
Rap is a unique blend of music and verbal attitude. This attitude is usually positive, reflecting the feelings and beliefs of this generation. If one listens to rap, one acquires an accurate description of the experiences and realities of today's youth.
Gangsta rap tends to deliver violent images and to depict women as sexual objects. These images suggest to the younger generation that to get respect or to be a "man," one should be tough, make money "by any means necessary By any means necessary is a translation of a phrase coined by the French intellectual Jean Paul Sartre in his play Dirty Hands.
I was not the one to invent lies: they were created in a society divided by class and each of us inherited lies when we were born. ," carry a gun, and be prepared to use it. Young women tend to reinforce this rough, tough behavior, since many of them want a man with money, never mind where the money comes from. In many cases, the women in gangsta videos are wearing very little clothing and dance in a sexually suggestive manner.
Realizing how this music affects today's already troubled youth, I think gansta rap should be censored. Positive messages of hope and solutions should replace it.
Gregory Clark History Senior Louisiana College
Music has been an expression of the African-American experience throughout our years on this continent, and it is currently suffering a reversal of its original intent--to raise the morale of the downtrodden down·trod·den
oppressed and lacking the will to resist
Adj. 1. . This plague has been made manifest in gangsta rap and its glamorization glam·or·ize also glam·our·ize
tr.v. glam·or·ized, glam·or·iz·ing, glam·or·iz·es
1. To make glamorous: tried to glamorize the bathroom with expensive fixtures.
2. of murder and the mistreatment mis·treat
tr.v. mis·treat·ed, mis·treat·ing, mis·treats
To treat roughly or wrongly. See Synonyms at abuse.
mis·treat of women. As long as this phenomenon runs rampant in our community without censorship or cancellation, the episodes of crime and violence will persist. These messages are quite charismatic to the simple minds of youngsters who feel that life has dealt them a bad hand.
Until we can educate our community and turn its focus toward a knowledge of God and a love of self, we are in jeopardy of having no leaders for tomorrow. Censorship of such poisonous influences [as gangsta rap] can be a first step in recapturing the mentalities of our younger generation.
Can our community survive without positive influences?
Carroll Dennis Beavers, Jr. Oakland, California
Gangsta rap is a story-like expression about inner-city living experiences within some African-American communities. Gangsta rap is a voice in the community that glamorizes some negative actions and the consequences that go along with these actions.
Critics of gangsta rap should seek out the direct or indirect messages about the need for social programs in inner-city communities. Social injustice has contributed to self genocide, unemployment, police harassment, and crime. Racism and social injustice are at the roots of the problem, and until we deal with the problem, gangsta rap will continue to flourish.
Jacqueline Johnson General Studies Major Faulkner State Community College Faulkner State Community College is a two-year public college located in Baldwin County, Alabama. Faulkner State has three locations. The administrative campus is located in Bay Minette, Alabama.
Music should not be censored. Americans have freedom of speech.
Parents must become involved in what their children view and listen to on television and radio. If parents raise their children with high self-esteem, their children will recognize the music for what it is--entertainment. Their children will realize that they do not have to commit crimes--things rap sometimes glorifies.
Rap must be recognized for what it is--an art form. We as individuals must keep open minds and realize that many artists of the past were ridiculed for their art. We now consider many of these artists geniuses and their works masterpieces.
Toshia Craig Political Science Major Livingston University
Gangsta rap is only one by-product of our freedom of speech. It enlightens us about a culture that we would rather disregard. We cannot justify restricting gangsta lyrics, without including most of our present musical culture. For this reason, gangsta rap should not be censored.
The lyrics confront issues such as sexism, profanity Irreverence towards sacred things; particularly, an irreverent or blasphemous use of the name of God. Vulgar, irreverent, or coarse language.
The use of certain profane or obscene language on the radio or television is a federal offense, but in other situations, profanity , crime, and drugs, that appear to be insignificant to society as a whole. If we, as concerned members of society, would concentrate on these issues, and cease to debate the censoring of gangsta lyrics, we could create an atmosphere of love. Therefore, people would no longer need to express themselves through gangsta rap.
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Gangsta rap is given a bad reputation because of its name. This is the only type of music named after a people grouped by choice. This name could contribute to stereotypes about African Americans, because gangsta rap is seen as performed purely by African Americans.
Though this category of rap can be offensive and violent to some, it is more honest than some of the things we read or watch on television. I would rather hear truths about life in their music than lies in literature and portrayals of African Americans as clowns on television. The latter is more detrimental to the African-American psyche.
If gangsta rap is censured, so should a lot of things society is exposed to. But of course nothing should be censored, and if you ask me, this form of music has just been given a bad RAP.
Shinta L. Burgess Elementary Education Senior Jackson State University Jackson State University, often abridged as Jackson State or by its initials JSU is a historically black university located in Jackson, Mississippi founded in 1877.
Gangsta rap should be censored because it amplifies the rampant idea that malicious acts are prerogative. Some listeners may not be affected by it greatly, but our precious children are being contaminated contaminated,
v 1. made radioactive by the addition of small quantities of radioactive material.
2. made contaminated by adding infective or radiographic materials.
3. an infective surface or object. by it. The harsh reality is that many parents and the media are irresponsible, but someone must help.
Our future is at stake when our most valuable resources model the demeanor of many rappers. It's not entertaining or healthy for someone to find gratification in blowing someone away with a 9mm. We must remember that only a few began slavery and the destruction of many Jews.