Music Influence On Society

Music has been around for thousands of years. Music appeals to everyone. When
was the last time you have heard someone say, "I hate all music."?
Lately though music has been criticized for corrupting teen's minds. Rap is
being blamed for all the crimes and murders in cities all over America and heavy
metal is being blamed for giving teens only dark images and thoughts in their
minds. Although the media and public criticize rap and rock music and blame the
music for influencing teens negatively, they actually give many teenagers an
outlet from their life problems. Parents love to blame musicians like and Dr.
Dee to bands like KoRn and Limp Bizkit for their child's problems. Music is an
excuse for bad parenting. "One should look at the family background of the
person committing the crimes" (Foster 3). Most criminals come from
dysfunctional families, which would explain why a person would turn to crime in
life. Another reason a person would turn to crime is being sexually abused as a
young child. This would definitely cause a person to go a little crazy. When
someone hears some lyrics from Eminem, they do not go out and do what he says.
Lyrics from Eminem and other similar lyrics are for entertainment only. If
people did whatever they heard, then everybody would be evil and corrupted I
hear far worse words and phrases during school than on a rap album, and the
words do not effect me or anybody else otherwise everybody in school would run
around shooting people and doing drugs. Rappers are blamed constantly for
crimes. In 1988, rapper Ice-T was under the gun from the media because of a song
he wrote called, "Cop Killa". Once that song was released several
police murderers said they did it because of Ice-T's song. "But is it
Ice-T's fault fore these crimes, or is it the fault of the person committing
these crimes against the police" (Foster 2). Foster asks an interesting
question. The answer is no, the musician should not be the one blamed for these
crimes. Police officers were being shot all the time before that song. All cops
know that their jobs are dangerous, yet they still take the job. Also a group
called Three Six Mafia had a similar experience to Ice-T's. They were banned
from almost every state in the north and the south because of a song they wrote
called "Tear the Club Up". Whenever the group performed this song, a
riot broke out. This is not the groups fault though. The people who cannot
control themselves are the ones to be blamed. The media was quick to jump out
and say that the riots were a direct result of the so called "Gansta
Rap", not the result of the out of control people in the crowd. Rap music
is a rapidly growing type of music. It has gotten many poverty stricken people
out of the ghetto. Also, rap musicians donate thousands and thousands of dollars
to charities all over America When do you hear the media give them credit for
that? The media always looks for the worse in all stories. Rap also gives many
young people hope in life. When a teenager has problems in life, music can
always help them feel better. Rap musicians rap about their life. So if a person
complains about the rap lyrics, then they could make a difference by fixing up
poverty stricken communities. Once a rapper makes a second album, it is usually
less graphic because they know a different life. They will rap about being rich
and coming from some of the worst communities in America Fatherhood is another
subject for rappers as they mature into a better life. Rap lyrics do not
influence bad behavior, but reflect it. Rock is another type of music that is
critize d often by the media. They say that rock bands like KoRn and Limp Bizkit
give kids negative thoughts and make teens act out in violence. This however is
not true. The only way rock influences teenagers is on what they wear. Kids that
wear baggy pants, large shirts, and long necklaces with five inch pendants
usually listen to rap. Teens that wear wide leg pants and torn up clothes
usually listen to alternative. Lastly, teenagers who have pierced tongues, blue
hair, and wear tight leather pants most likely will listen too rock. Because
rock influences teens on what to wear, that does not mean that the kids will be
violent. "Large clothes and pierced tongues are only ways to