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Rapping up Teens in Music

Story by Hope Monte

Rap culture is often a big part of some teenager’s lives, playing from phones and displayed on social media viewed by millions of middle and high school aged students every day.

With such a large audience of this genre of music, there are aspects of the songs that intrigue many people to listen.

“I think it’s appealing to teens because it can bring on people with lyrical abilities and putting things together. It’s kind of like writing poetry in a way and people can connect to it emotionally – or you can just turn up,” junior and up and coming Soundcloud rapper Harrison Ryan.

“The good vibes put everyone in a good mood and happy,” junior Addi Hogue said.

Although some people enjoy the beats of rap, there are other parts of the songs that are concerning to others.

“It talks about a lot of not school appropriate stuff,” Hogue also said.

“I think that there are themes in really every genre [of music] that maybe I wouldn’t necessarily want my son listening to - songs that promote drinking, or doing drugs, or treating people a certain way. But I would feel that way whether it be rap, rock, indie, or pop music,” AP Human Geography teacher Mrs. Bull said.

With certain language being more mature, the teens of this generation might view it differently as adults.

“[Rap music is] more appealing [as I get older] because you start to listen to the actual lyrics and some songs do talk about real problems,” freshman Daniel Ortiz said.

Many rappers are aware of their audience being so young, however some may use this to their advantage in a negative way.

“Surprisingly, I think they take advantage of it a little too much – and some of the rappers talking about drug addiction – it’s obviously not the right thing because these people will get influenced by it and think it’s the ‘lifestyle’,” Ryan also said.

Rap music and culture has both its positives and negatives, but regardless, something about it continues to intrigue this generation of teens.

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