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Gansta Rap MAG

By Anonymous

   With the recent, apparently gang related death of hard-core gangsta rapper Tupac Shakur and the murder trial of rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg, parents are in an uproar. These and many others in this area of the music business use large amounts of profanity, sexually explicit and violent language in their albums. Any child, any age, can walk into the local music store and purchase these cassettes or compact disks. Store clerks are not allowed to refuse the sale but can only politely ask if their parents would mind if they bought the particular album. These albums are labeled "Parental Advisory, Explicit Lyrics." This is as close as anyone can seem to get to banning it within the perimeters of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Many parents (and others) blame these rappers for the teen violence in our country. They say that because of rappers, their kids are committing crimes. It's not the rappers' fault, it is the parents'. It's time we stop blaming these rappers who sing about what they are brought up around. Parents who don't like it should get control over their own children to ban them from listening to the music. Many parents in our country act irresponsibly and let their children do a lot worse than listen to bad music. They are the reason that our teens are killing, raping, and committing other violent crimes. Unfortunately, we try to place blame on these rappers who perhaps had the same problem of irresponsible parents, which led them to act the way they do.

If we want to get to the problem of violence in our country among teens, it's time we stopped looking to blame the people in the public eye and go straight to the problem: our own homes. ?

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i love this so much!

on Dec. 22 2011 at 8:56 am
AmandaaPandaa GOLD, Glen Cove, New York
15 articles 9 photos 40 comments

Favorite Quote:
"what lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us"!!

great job really. i like the power you put into your work. it is true what you say and i think people really do blame the wrong people in there childrens actions. adults need to start looking outside the box. many teens all around the world are doing crimes and drugs because there parents didnt say anything about the bad stuff in life. i can relate to that i am a drug addict and my pareents balme my friends and my love for rap music but it is truly there fault. i really think you should give alot more messages like this wounderful job!!

on Oct. 27 2011 at 8:23 am
Cody_Goelz PLATINUM, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
Only God Can Judge Me
2pac Amaru Shakur

life goes on
2pac Amaru Shakur

I agree i listen to tupac all the time and if my parents dont like it than they should try to put a stop to it and not blame the rapper for who i am i am me for a reason and its cuz i choose to be

on Nov. 30 2010 at 12:57 pm
AaronLawrence SILVER, St. Louis, Missouri
9 articles 5 photos 106 comments

Favorite Quote:
I may be an idiot, but i'm not stupid

Until you change me enough that i'm convinced I need to change, I won't change

Well said-personelly i love rap music and i'm a pacifist

Swiwi17 SILVER said...
on Jun. 16 2010 at 12:33 pm
Swiwi17 SILVER, Glasscity, Nevada
8 articles 0 photos 29 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Nothing ever promised tomorrow today"

You can't tell me, that by the time you're old enough to obtain a gun, knife, or the means to fight you're still justifiying and motivating your actions with, for example, "I'm doing it because Snoop Dogg does it." By the time children have those things, those desires in their minds or willingness to hurt others, they're doing it for another reason. I'm not blaming the parents, I'm not saying it's only their fault, but you know...they're the only ones that can stop it. At the source.