For alot of people growing up in the inner city without a father or positive direct influences these artist have a bigger impact on them then any politician,civil or religious leader. Most our youth don't respect the teacher(Hell when I was young how many teachers did I look up to? Very few and even then who was cooler Andre 3K from Outkast or Mr. Johnson who taught a subject I hated??) As I got older yeah I soon preciated what some teachers did for me some teachers did have an impact on me as a youth. But still "entertainers" do play a part bottom line. I'm not saying there creating the problems cuz their not but they do play a part just like any other person in society. Thank god I was surrounded by positive figures like my parents and family who had more influence over me then any artist and thank GOD the music that did influence me the rappers and singers were speaking w/ substance.
And I think it's nothing wrong with talking about gun violence when it's a reality. But when you talk about guns and drugs and objectifying women in a exploitative manner and that's all your raps consist of then its a HUGE PROBLEM.
i agree with this. the point im making is that it was not rap what caused those things. it was drugs overtaking inner cities, a government that saps money out of the working class, civil rights leaders of the 50-70s moving on, etc. these are the reasons that chicago and many other places are fu*ked up. not chief keef or gucci or anyone else. if they are not the root of the problem, they cannot be the cure. i understand the influence of media but i believe that is primarily through visual means. wearing skinny jeans aint getting people k!lled. its young n*ggas with no guidance and a lack of opportunity. this is not just a problem in the black community. whether it be chicago, mexico, russia, or taiwan, if you put people in an environment with few resources, there will be violence.