I remember my parents ranting and raving about rock n roll being the devils music, but yet today, it still lives and breathes and we are all okay. Then came headbanger music! I thought, what the......! What it comes down to, is expression. Rap music may talk street issues, but it is a world they are living and working through to understand themselves. People are simply influenced by other people through all kinds of mediums. TV and even books! Remember "Catcher In the Rye"....the book the guy had been reading when he shot John Lennon! Not all rap music is full of bad notions!