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The Negative Influence of Southern Rap Music, Part 2

Updated on September 13, 2014

Continued from Part 1 (

With current musical trends—led by Southern rap—dripping with raw, and in most cases perverted sexuality, its hard not to believe that the irresponsibility of today’s make-a-buck/damn-the-responsibility-oriented “artists” doesn’t have a negative impact on today’s crop of teens. The fact that most urban teens can sing every lyric to Trey Songz’ current ditty “All The Neighbors Know My Name” (due to, as the lyrics assert, the noise made during unrestrained sex between the artist and some imaginary woman) speaks volumes to the impact of such a negative application and use of creativity has on youth.

Granted, graphic and sexually unrestrained artists like Lil Kim and Foxxy Brown came along in the 90s, before Southern rap took hold of the current industry. However, they were novel aberrations to rap and popular music whom were ahead of their time given how such themes have become the current norm; there were still a host of other socially-conscious and purely entertaining rappers and lyrical storytellers around at the time who diluted their overall impact on music. But given the proliferation of [the] Southerners’ promotion of overwhelmingly negative imagery—with very few socially-conscious rappers absent to counter their impact—in current rap music, its not surprising that musical artists themselves believe that what they rap/croon about reflects a perception of reality (albeit warped) which feeds the notion that unrelenting sexuality without restraint or modesty is “normal.” It doesn’t help that lackadaisical active parenting, school systems fearful of litigation by misguided parents riding moral high-horses, and idolized political and sports figures seemingly embroiled in a new sex-related scandal weekly create the impression that [sexual] perversion is the new “normal.” Implicitedly, most of today’s musical artists themselves either have no clue as to the social effects of their music outside of its (questionably) artistic and entertainment value, or simply don’t care about anything other than their omnipresence in front of cameras and/or simply making (and flashing) money. And when the latter situation is the case, of course these artists (just like similarly-worshipped idols in the sports world) try to deflect responsibility by asserting that “I am not a role model.”

The problem this level of thinking creates among these new breed of rappers/entertainers is that, much like the “blunts” which many of them boastfully smoke, this type of thinking insulates them from reality. They are role models, albeit questionable ones. Just because they “make dollars” doesn’t mean they lack sense. If someone who in the public eye constantly is doing something which many young people impressionable kids (and oddly enough, a few adults) admires, likes, or follows, then that person—for better or worse—is a role model. Kids do emulate the ridiculously sagging pants, the gaudy flamboyant bling, and the mutilation of teeth in favor of gold/platinum “grills” (yes, I do know that some young people were sagging their pants before the rise of Southern rap music, but the current crop of rappers promotes this idiotic lack of fashion far more than previous regionally-based artists). Conversely, young urban youth in times past, when more socially-conscious rappers such as New-York-based Public Enemy, X-Clan, and Oakland-based Paris helped to promote the wearing of dashikis, Malcolm X hats, and African silhouetted medallions.

To be concluded..


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      dashingscorpio 7 years ago

      Much of what you have to say is valid. However I do think some of it a generational thing.

      Back in 1951 The Dominoes had a hit with "Sixty Minute Man"

      The 60s brought long haired hippies, the sexual revolution, and the drug culture along with the anti-governement movement. "Don't trust anyone over 30!"

      I grew up in he 70s and we had songs like Leon Haywood's "I Want To Do Something Freaky To You", Marvin Gaye's "Lets Get It On" & "You Sure Love To Ball", Sylvia's "Pillow Talk", Donna Summer's "Love To Love You", "Hot Stuff", "Bad Girl", "Could It Be Magic"....Other songs dealt with infidelity "Me & Mrs Jones" "If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right", "I Was Checking Out, While she was checking in"

      Betty Wright's "Tonight is The Night" Millie Jackson's "All The Way Lover" and if you look up some of the blues artists hit's you'll find even more sexually charged hits. We also had huge comedy albums by Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Rudy Ray Moore - Dolemite making sexual jokes!

      During the 80s we had Prince singing "Do Me Baby", "Insatiable" and Rick James singing "Give It To Me Baby", Teddy Pendergrass (Close The Door, Turn off The Lights..etc)Sheena Easton's "Sugar Walls" Vanity 6 "Nasty Girl", Mary Jane Girls "All Night Long", "Candy Man" on up to Janet Jackson's “Go Deep”, “Any time, Any place”, “Throb” and “What’s It Gonna Be?!

      My point is songs about sex is nothing new and every generation takes it one step beyond the previous one.

      With regard to the pants falling off asses I hate it too!

      The only complaints my parents had to deal with wardrobe wise was us having a large Afro and wearing platform shoes! LOL!

      In today's climate there are many more artists making a living not only singing sexually charged lyrics but thanks to videos the kids are now getting the "visuals" to go along with the songs!

      Hopefully as in the past this generation will also out grow their time of being crazy and move on to live meaningful lives contributing to society.

      Nothing happening today can truly be called "NEW"

      All is not lost and it's never as bad as we think it is! (Lets keep our fingers crossed just to be safe though) LOL!