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How Music Lyrics Are Encouraging Violence

Submitted by solomon on Thu, 05/03/2018 - 12:39
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Over the months, many young artists have promoted their music on different platforms such as Soundcloud, Youtube and Spotify. But as a result of this, many young adults have lost their lives due to ‘gang-related’ music, which includes raps about violence, gangs and even death.

How does music promote violence?

It can be very easy for anyone to produce a song or rap. Recently, teenagers have been intrigued by the drill genre, and have taken advantage of the lyrics in a song. It's that’s no surprise when certain rap lyrics are encouraging people to hang on the streets, own weapons, and to harm others around them, and then those people go do that.

How does it affect us?

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At least 36 people have been fatally stabbed in London since the start of the year. Being described as “senseless violence and the callous use of knives as lethal weapons", many eyebrows have been raised to the fact that it all may be down to the fault of certain lyrics in rap songs. Certain lyrics are seen to be incredibly extreme. Even when it comes to popular artists that create sensible music, but then all of a sudden drop a single that can be viewed as 'extremely violent', it attracts a lot of negativity towards it.

What the public has to say about it?

Accordingly, music with violent lyrics increases aggressive thoughts and emotions. Parents have been concerned about their children's safety because of them listening to violent music. What kids don’t understand is that the music they listen to is brainwashing them into thinking the actions said in songs are ok for kids to actually act on.

The positives

Grime music provides a means for the younger black generation to deliver first-hand experiences and express their anger toward the unfairness of social and political structures. The MCs of grime have developed a strong vocal position and style of their own over the past 15 years. Grime is immediate and promotes new voices of working-class black culture. The big grime artists are paving the way for more MCs to convey their own message, anchored in their own experiences.

By Hollie