Discussion: Relationship between Violence and Hip Hop Culture

For the last few years, the hip hop community have mourned the heavy loses of artists like Slim Dunkin, Julian Alexander Goins member of The Rangers, xxxtentacion and more recently Pop Smoke.
Several studies have examined the higher prevalence of violence and aggression in hip-hop and it’s origin. Author Willie Ward writes,

  “Most rap provides a description as well as a means of coping with the social and political oppression of African-Americans face in the United States.”

For more on the discussion Listen to the Generation Z experience podcast below.
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According to a poll published by the Pew Research Center in 2008, more than 70 percent of Americans believed that rap had an overall negative impact on society. 

Some rap and hip-hop songs do indeed glamorize destructive behavior like substance abuse and homophobia. However, artist like Common, Add-2, 9th Wonder, and Bobby Sessions proves that hip-hop is much more than that. It can convey a strong political message and shine a spotlight on racial and social divisions in this country and around the world.


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