Hip Hop is a very polarizing category of music. Many seem to assume that it is always very vulgar and never uplifting. While it is true that this style of music has been known to be very vulgar and crude, that was not how it started. In New York, young African Americans started having fun with rap. It was influenced by all sorts of music styles. It was originally a way to have fun and not think about troubles.
The style of rap and the culture quickly changed as it spread to the west. It took on the image of a thug or gang member, and often portrayed and most times glorified the violence in the ghettos. While it did cause people to look into the problems, the overall result has not been good. Rappers used to live the life they talked about. Suddenly, the rappers stopped living that lifestyle but kept glorifying it. This affected children who looked up to those rappers, and they tried to emulate what the rappers were talking about.
If the people are affected in this way, one would expect rap and hip hop culture to have a negative review. However, currently artists like Lecrae, Big K.R.I.T., Dee-1, Trip Lee, and Lupe Fiasco are challenging their listeners to think and to be wiser with their actions. Lecrae, Trip Lee and Dee-1 importantly point their listeners to Christ and rap honestly about their life.
If more rappers did this and portrayed what was going on around them honestly, there could be a revolution of young people who make are nation better. The impact that hip hop has on the overall culture in America and the world is great. It would be refreshing to see more and more honest people use hip hop in a more pure way, instead of using it to get money.
I pray that God would use more people like Lecrae, Trip Lee, and Dee-1 to infiltrate the culture and impact people for good. The more artists that use their talent for God, the better. Especially when they are able to make good sounding music that is honest and makes a good impression on those in the greater culture. While many people will continue to disrespect those who are honest by calling them soft, my question to you is as follows: who is really soft, the one who lets the culture dictate what he does, or the one who dictates what he does in the culture? The one who makes his mark as different because of his convictions and will not waver is the one who is strong.
All I want to portray through this post is that music is very important. It affects the people around us. Music is a beautiful thing when used right. The majority in the industry do not use it right. I hope that one day the people will realize how powerful music can be and use it to influence men, women and children all over for good, and not simply for monetary gain. Needing money is not wrong, but manipulating a system for money is not the right way to get it. Give the people what they need, not what they want.