5 Things Wrong with Rap Music

Hip-hop and Rap music are my favorite music genres. This website is named Hip Hop Makers and expresses my love for hip-hop. But there are some issues with rap music I want to point out.

It feels like rappers are now like actors playing a role.

Or if they don’t want to be labeled as playing a role, when did lying become the cool thing to do?

Maybe that’s just what I hear, and I’ll tell you why…

5 Things Wrong with Rap Music

5 Things Wrong with Rap Music

1. The Obsession with Killing

Killing People - Rap Music

This one is shameful because I don’t know any other music genre that does this.

99.97% of these rappers haven’t killed anyone, yet they try to be creative with different ways to destroy you and your life.

It’s one thing to talk about the things you have experienced in your lifetime; it’s something else to talk about murdering someone in every song.

Kids are listening, and they usually repeat what they hear.

2. Disrespecting Women

Disrespecting Women

I don’t know about you, but I love women.

The world would be very gay without them (that was a joke).

I have a mother also, so this is not the way you’re going to convince me that all women are bitches and hoes.

They are the mothers of our children, a cornerstone of our communities, and people we need to appreciate and respect.

3. Lyrical Content

Soulja Boy

I hate the radio. Why? Because I’m constantly hearing songs about booty popping, and drinking in the club doesn’t always do it for me.

With this site, I have a voice, and I choose to use it to inspire and educate people.

I believe everyone is allowed to have their own creative form, so rap the way you want, but I’m not a fan of it when it dumbs the mainstream down.

Music artists can use their voices to uplift, educate, and inspire a generation of listeners.

4. Money

50 Cent counts 2 million Dollars CASH

Rappers try to sell you the idea that they live a lifestyle with tons of money, big houses, exotic cars, etc. They don’t.

There are a small handful of rappers who are living the lifestyle they rap about.

Most rappers struggle day to day, paycheck to paycheck, just like most of us.

5. Crime

Crime in Rap Music

This somewhat goes along with #1. Most of you rappers aren’t doing what you rap about, and honestly, I don’t know why anyone would brag about going to jail.

Times are hard for everyone, but lying about committing crimes and putting ideas into the minds of the youth isn’t cool; it’s sad.

Conclusion on Rap Music

This post doesn’t apply to all rap music, but if you are a rapper and think what I’m saying is bull shit… I’m probably talking to you.

I worked at a non-profit in Watts, California, for 3 years.

I asked a small kid what he wanted to be when he grew up, and he told me his dream was to be a rapper.

I asked him to let me hear his rap and heard 40 seconds of killing, money, bitches, and bull shit. I see something wrong with that, something that needs a change.

We need more artists like Nas, Mos Def, and others who rap intelligently about ideas, bring awareness, and help our communities.

What are your thoughts on rap music?

Related: How to Make Hip-Hop Beats

Thanks to Mike and JD for the lookover.

Mark V.

Written By Mark V.

Mark Valenzuela is a professional blogger, entrepreneur, and educator with more than 15 years of experience in music production. In 2008, Mark founded Hip Hop Makers, a top resource for aspiring music producers and beatmakers. He specializes in content on music production, software, gear, and free music resources. Committed to empowering creators of all levels, Mark continues to inspire and help music creators pursue their dreams.

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  1. Totally agree with you, now if the radio stations and other outlets for music would step in and help clean it up, then the youth can have a chance to be exposed to more positive and productive influence coming from all music artist and entertainment in general.

  2. Probably Rap is dead, because the badly named ” Rap” of our times is just the result of lineament and requests of the mainstream. But real Rap that keep its essence of expression, doing with heart and no matther what rappers will receive back for, is raising in places where conditions of life are precarious, similar to gratest real rappers. Places as Latin America, Africa and others where the Rap is raising without the features of current Rap.

  3. You are right, people need more like Jedi Mind Tricks, Vinnie Paz, etc..
    Like isn’t enough killing around the world, being treated like slave.
    We need to write more about peace, good things, OK we can tell the story about bad but don’t use that like we want this… People are confused!

  4. Rap is something you do. Hip Hop is something you live
    that is what Rap about it’s your life. it’s what you do , bad or good that is depend on you

  5. I agree with you 100% I really would like to be the impact the Hip-hop and music culture needs right now.Because it’s hard to come up with top 5 rappers that doesn’t sound alike and rap about the same things all the time.Someone needs to be that change.

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