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Thug Rappers................ (english)
11 Dec 2002
Modified: 12 Dec 2002
"Thug rappers"saying they are going to kill someone in a "Song" may not just be singing...maybe they are intending to do something like that....I Thning FCC needs to touch down and shut down such unlovely utterance.
Thug Rappers sometimes sing that they are going to kill someone...This context is not that herific. THe Fcc should touch down and "shut down"....There's already too much violence for such to go unnoticed...I describe the harsh rude lyrics to be probably also unfriendly.
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Where to draw the line (english)
12 Dec 2002
I agree, I don't want people killing one another. I also do not really like it when "thug rappers" talk about such things and I think that it probably is not the best influence on kids. Still, I don't think that violent lyrics alone are enough to cause a culture of violence, and see numerous other roots. Our nation sanctions violence in many other ways, including wars that we fight, football and other sports that we are obsessed with, and even capitol punishment. Movies depict violence, as do television shows and older role models. I hardly see justification for targeting "thug rap" alone.

Additionally, the crackdown on the lyrics of hip-hop artists has by no means been limited to violent content. It extends towards swear words, sexual references, anti-authoritarian statements and many other things that I do not neccessarily consider immoral. I do not wish for the government to make moral judgements about what can be advocated in my music. Hip hop in particular contains a wide variety of messages, many of which are extremely positive ideas about black empowerment. These have not been noticed as much as they could have if it weren't for the fact that many of these songs were hushed up by government or private interest due to "explicit lyrics" or claims that they incited people to violence.

Tupac, in a fact commonly overlooked, wrote a number of songs that are truly inspirational to a lot of young people and plea for an end to violence while simultaneously criticizing the system that creates violence. In his songs, as in many hip hop songs, violence and theft are described as something that occurs out of desparation by people who have been subject to extremely poor treatment themselves. He would say (and I would agree) that a better way to deal with violence is to help people channel their energy towards bettering their situation rather than committing acts of violence.