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In this blog post, Dariel “DT” Henry asks if you are a “hip hop graduate.” Henry argues that most people who listen to hip hop are not influenced by messages that condone violence, disrespect toward women or wasteful, counter-productive lifestyles. Instead, he says that the music is just to be enjoyed and that most of us do not and should not take it seriously.
There are others who would say that hip-hop music reflects a lifestyle that many young black males gravitate toward. They also argue that the images presented by hip-hop artists that describe black men as violent, thuggish or sexually promiscuous fuel cultural decisions among black people that feed into the massive violence that impacts our community.
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Over the years I have listened as Hip Hop continues to receive some very bad press in the media. It is fairly easy to find a criticism of the rap lyrics, or the hip hop culture for influencing the minds of our youngsters towards negative outlets. Though it is true that many young brothers and sisters are influenced by rap lyrics to blow all their money “Popping Bottles”, selling drugs to fund their music labels, and living a hypersexual lifestyle, there are many who grew up on hip hop that did not get brainwashed into believing life is all about Chevy’s riding high, big pimpin, and finding a Tip Drill.