Music Made Me Do It
Music is a huge part of life, it would prove rather difficult for some to walk down the street without hearing some sort of music. Music can help us express our selves in ways we never have before, it can even be a form of escape from our daily lives. You may or may not have heard the following phrase, "Gangster rap made me do it," but in reality, did the music really make you do it? Do we as human beings allow music to control our lives, or allow it to influence are thoughts and perceptions? Do lyrics in a song subconsciously enter our brain's thinking process?
As a child, my mom would not let me purchase music that contained offensive language, she would make me purchase "clean" versions of the song. She always said that rap music was nothing but garbage and all it would do is corrupt my mind. Nevertheless, all I listened to was rap and hip-hop, and I'd say I turned out all right. But now I wonder if my life would have been any different if I had grown up listening to a different genre, like country. Would I be any smarter, friendlier, or perhaps even more polite?
Rap is known for its offense lyrics that are degrading to women and promote sex, drugs, and violence, but just because it talks about these topics does not mean we should go out and do these things. We must learn to think for our selves and not allow others to affect our judgement. Music may have loaded the bullet, but it is up to us whether or not we want to pull the trigger.