United States of America

For the past recent years, hip-hop has also become the voice of not only black youth artists. White young male artists like Marshall Mathers, or popularly named Eminem, is one of them. He is one of the artists that have preferred to dismiss the common belief that being young and white in America is an easy ticket in living the American dream. Eminem became famous of because of his dark view on his way of life which is appears to be experienced by many young white men in the United States of America.

Noticeable observations on the behaviour and thinking of the youth can be noticed after the advent of the highly publicized hip-hop or rap culture. Young people today are more independent and opinionated in their way of thinking that the adult majority for them are deceptive. Young people tend to disrespect elders and are often arrogant and unapologetic. Neighbourhoods that are being ruled by young thugs instead of adults are emerging.

A regard for law and order is diminishing especially in black communities while apathy or lack of concern for neighbours is mounting among societies. More black people are less courteous in dealing with other blacks and resort to profanity. Discrimination not only of other races but with their own black brothers and sisters is slowly rising. Not only black intellectual and moral leaders observed these, society at large is seeing it. These are only some of the observations that can be made readily; the list goes on.

The problem of race discrimination goes a long way back embedded in our histories. Although, as they say, things are moving to forward and open-minded thinking, it can still be seen and felt that the loop goes on in some level. The negative connotations of “gangsta” rap are automatically linked to the black youth and other ethnic minorities group. Ignorance of the urban music is evident for the majority of the people and society’s leaders. Ignorance results to alienation, thereby transferring this alienation of the music genre to the ones that are directly linked to it.

Young black adults are perceived to be naturally violent and the way they are portrayed in the music and accompanying music videos escalates this negativity. Government and police authorities’ alienation of black youth and ethnic minorities is therefore persistent and relative unless steps to stop this cycle are done. More often than not black youth are lumped together and highly visible in discussions in the media, in public perception and culture critics’ analyses. “Gangsta” rappers get their inspiration for their art among the situations of the black ghetto poor.

The ironic thing is real gangster members do not often listen to “gangsta” rapper music to inspire them on their activities and listen more to “old school” music. However, this does not mean that they cannot relate to each other because in fact they feed off of each other. Ian Youngs of BBC news wrote in an online article that urban music and gun crime “now seem inextricably entwined in the United Kingdom”. After a threat of gun crime forced organisers of an MTV party to cancel, high profile club nights could no longer be staged4.

In the same online article, it was published that “when two people were shot at a So Solid Crew party in central London in October 2001, the police and media shone their spotlights on violence at black music”5. As a result, the group’s tour was abruptly stopped as were other urban music events to avoid incidents of the same nature. Promoters and producers had too much pressure from the police and the media when plans of staging such urban music events came up. Gangsters are drawn to the glamorous “bling-bling” atmosphere of these events situated in cities that already has gun problems.