Name: Donnell Hicks
Title: Hip-Hop is the Destruction of our Youth
Some of the children and teenagers today in society are being thrown into the cold realm of the admiration of hip-hop music. They have a high regard towards the biggest rap music moguls in the industry such as Lil’ Wayne, Drake, Rick Ross, and Flo Rida; these children and teenagers will know every explicit word to every rap song, but they fail miserably in the classrooms. Rap music sends chaotic signs and a false message to children and teenagers that it is the only way out of poverty instead of having a decent education. Children and teenagers watch music videos and see the high priced cars, the big houses, the money, and the jewelry the rappers wear in their music videos then they assume that’s where the education lies. Parents must do everything in their power to prevent his/her child from putting the admiration of rap music first ahead of education.
On the other hand, the world of hip-hop music has some positive aspects. For example rappers like Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, and T.I., talk about their rags to riches story and how they came up out of poverty to inform the children and teenagers that receiving an education is more significant than having no education at all and ending up in jail or on the corner dealing drugs. For some teenagers, they assume it’s cool to have numerous tattoos all over their bodies, piercings in their faces, or having their pants sagging below the waist - for the same reason that they see some of the rappers with their pants sagging below their waist. Little do they understand, it’s very degrading to themselves when they end up not getting a decent job. It is also degrading to their parents. Rap music is absolutely destroying these young minds by keeping them from succeeding in the future to become prominent doctors and lawyers.
As far as the young girls are concerned, some of them view women like Nicki Minaj or Rihanna as someone who they can look up to. These young gorgeous beautiful girls start dressing and acting like Nicki Minaj with plenty of tattoos, personality changes, and the tacky wardrobe. Another thing these young girls are doing is imitating what they see the video girls do in the music videos with the rappers. These young girls believe becoming a video girl is a definite career to escape their poverty-stricken surroundings. Clearly, it will have a lasting impression on them perhaps for a lifetime.
Although I’m a minor fan of hip-hop music, it can certainly be a key to the downfall of the lives of these children, young men, and young women. Rap music can contribute to more gang violence in the streets, violence at home, or in the schools predominantly in the low-income urban areas in the African-American communities throughout the United States. This is the reason why parents must do everything in their power to ensure that their child or teen is putting education first before giving them a chance to listen to rap music and to imitate some of these rappers. Somehow it must end.