Worst Things About Rap Music

Rap music is amazing in its influence and popularity. Far more than just a musical style, rap and the sub-genres of rap have created distinct cultures with specific expectations, status symbols, and norms.

But while some rap artists have worked to buck the trend, much of rap music seems to be heading down a scary path of intolerance, self-destruction, and violence. This list seeks to identify the worst things about those forms of rap music that do more harm to society than good.

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1Egotism

How many rap songs can be basically be boiled down to "I'm the best, toughest, and hardest. Don't agree with me, I'll prove it"?

You really have nothing better to talk about than yourself? And how convinced am I supposed to be of your superiority that you feel you have to shoot someone in the face if they say something negative about you? No self-confident person would need to do that. In fact, the more you talk about how great you are, the more I begin to wonder who you are trying to convince, me or you.

The scary thing is that this mentality seems to be contagious and when combined with the glorification of violence, we have people murdering other people for inconsequential slights. We've gone from "words will never hurt me" to "stick and stones may break my bones, but words will cause me to get a bunch of friends, drive by your house, pepper it will bullets, kill you, maim your girlfriend, kill the little girl playing out front, and get ...more

You have some valid points but today's rappers claim to be gangsters but are just pussies and say they don't care about the haters but still have to mention them in every song they make - Pablo4Lyfe

One good reason why real musicians with talent and effort do not do this is simply that they don't have to. - PositronWildhawk

Braggadocio. But, I guess if you don't have anything else, what else to brag about but money, cars, guns, and the length of your member. It just reinforces every negative stereotype about African Americans. - JustGottaBeMe

It depends. If the person rapping can make it clever, I literally have no problem with this. - SwagFlicks

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2Sexism

Since the beginning of music, women in songs have been idolized. Songs have been about love and heartbreak, wooing the woman of your dreams, and the joy of being with the one you love. So much of rap is a completely different story. Sure, there are a few female rappers, but for the most part rap music unabashedly objectifies women. Instead of a woman being a person you do things with, they become a thing you do stuff to.

Reinforcing the sexual double standard (pimps and hoes), advocating violence against women (slap a bitch), making it seem okay for men to mistreat women in all ways... Yup rappers are clearly winning kind of guys. Real men would never do this kind of thing; that's why it makes sense that all rappers are young immature boys, even if they may be trapped in a grown man's body. What's even more unbelievable is the support and popularity that some of these songs generate. Oh good, that's just what we need: a new generation of misogynist numb nuts. Yippee.

Although I am male, I am sick of them using women only for sex. They just care about their backsides and breasts and I am sick of it. I hate songs like that and they make me want to do a violent protest.

Even though I am a man, I still don't view women as pets and toys.

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3Glorification of the Gangster Mentality

Yeah, you're bad, you know the streets, you know the plight of the people. But guess what? You're a millionaire. You've made something of yourself. So why are you still acting like your entire world is shaped by the neighborhood? Instead of glorifying the gangster life and helping make sure people and the neighborhood stay the same, why not do something positive. Instead of dropping $50k on a diamond studded grill, how about building a playground for the community. Instead of paying a half a million on a Bentley, why not send a few dozen kids to college.

Here's another idea for such rappers: donate the large amounts of money they made to their families or others who live in such neighborhoods.

They call themselves artist, they are not. Not one of them have any talent. Not one can sing, no real musical instruments, probably because they can not play one. Really dumb background sound effects and it is always the same dumb story with profanity, violence, violence against women. The recordings are bad, they sound like they were done in a bathroom. What is sad is that the youth are expose to this trash and like it. The Parent Advisory Label is a joke. If porn is not sold in regular stores, why should rap be on the shelves, it is the same thing.

I think I've found it. The WORST anti-rap comment OF ALL TIME. Rap =/= porn, it's just what gets endorsed. Dozens of rappers use and play instruments, and have some extremely powerful messages that exceed that of ANY other genre.

You know what? I could say that no metal band has any talent, and you'd be down my throat. Actually, I think I might do that. If you can't dig above surface level for rap, why should I for metal?

Also, RAP IS A DIFFERENT WAY OF CONVEYING THOUGHTS. Not all lyrics can be sang. What matters is what they are saying, in which there are hundreds of rappers with a lot of lyrical talent.

I don't know if I'm done, but I don't want to give this guy any more respect. - WonkeyDude98

This is, in my opinion, the worst part of Rap. It completely alienates anyone who isn't part of the gang culture and glorifies being a criminal. Well, most of it, all of the mainstream at least. The best part of gangster culture in media is the part where it shows the cons as well, like the Godfather where it shows Michael becoming evil and even killing his own brother. This is nowhere to be found in Rap.

Gangsters are bunch of idiots crybaby ugly guys. They love to praying for more weeds and crushing the cracks. - malamJONES

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4Pointless Lyrics

Example: "My wrist deserves a shout out. I'm like, what up, wrist! My stove deserves a shout-out. I'm like, what up, stove! " -2 Chainz

The trailblazers of rap music like NWA had a point to their music. They were fed up with black on black crime, racism, prejudice, drug abuse, poverty, police brutality, etc. The music was intelligent and told a message. Nowadays rappers just sing about smoking weed, girls, cars, and money. Not all of them do but most with 2 chains being arguably the biggest culprit.

Rap used to be good, now rap is all about girls and money and drugs. Well we still got Kendrick Lamar and J Cole. Even though I don't really mind the lyrics as long as the beat is good the song is good. - venomouskillingmachine

They just spam pointless lyrics. And they get rich off it.

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5The Sound

You do realize you can turn the sound down, like come on you didn't know that

The best way to make a coma person awake to turn off the radio. - malamJONES

In my entire life I don't think I've heard of, witnessed or heard rumor of any rapper who can play an instrument. Talking into a mic isn't singing and the rest of the sounds in a rap song are made by electronic devices. There's zero skill involved other than the skill a five year old has to sing nursery rhymes.The 'Sound' is exactly that just terrible sound with a lot of bass and not much else.

The entire genre is completely tone-deaf. It's what autotune and inability to sing, or even talk, brings to it. - PositronWildhawk

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6No Talent Goes Into It

Totally wrong more talent than the writer of this comment can comprehend goes into rap music

Absolutely no talent goes into rapping, half the rappers can't sing without auto tune and the are bit picking up and instrument and plating them they are just pressing a button that plays an "artificial beat" and the songwriting sucks with pointless and stupid lyrics.

No guitar, piano, bass, drums, REAL singing, saxophone, trumpet, just computer and autotune.

Am I the only one who thinks most rap is people speaking with autotune in the background

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7Songs Bragging About Having Money

Don't get me wrong, I love rap music. I even like some songs about making money, but only when its about the hard work and effort involved. But I hate songs that just brag about having money, and telling people that they don't have as much. If someone is talking about getting enough money to feed their family, like Dr. Dre did in "Forgot About Dre", then it is not bad. But someone talking about how they have a ton of money and are blowing it on stupid stuff just pisses me off. - Atliens

For the love of God, NO ONE CARES ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY YOU HAVE! Music isn't about having money. I understand that people need to make a living somehow, but that's not the main idea. Music is about expression and inspiration. It's there to explain something to you. It has a deeper meaning behind it. Music isn't just about making money. That just isn't even music. I have no tolerance for that.

The dumbest thing is that modern rappers talk about how much money they've got and they're gonna spend it all on cars, Jewelry, and making it rain in the club. You're wasting away all of your money. Even rappers like Pac and Biggie would find that stupid.

Good you have money... Now use it for something other than you crack addiction

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8Racism

So much of rap music talks about how difficult it is to be considered a lesser person because of the color of your skin and how one's heritage can be cause for other to hold them back. But ask yourself when you listen to some of these lyrics, are they helping or hurting the cause? Think of some of the negative stereotypes of specific ethnicities and then consider how many rap songs reinforce these stereotypes. What do rap songs say about people of other ethnicities, including white people?

This nation and the world has a poor history of treating everyone equally, and there are certainly still issues today, but most people have far more influence on their lives than they would believe. Most people feel held back at some point in time and if they really examine the situation closely, they'll realize that they are the ones working the hardest to keep themselves down.

The preserve the mentality that Whitey is keeping you down, your only choice to survive is join a gang... it's pathetic. The TRUTH is you are limitted by one thing, yourself. Obama proved you can go as far as you want in life. There are no more excuses. The fact that rappers keep the Racism issue going is lame and pathetic. - VADERtheIMPALER

Every other rap song is about how blacks are targeted by whites, especially police officers. Seriously, it's annoying and not true. Ironically they all rap about smoking weed and doing drugs and they wonder why they get arrested/pulled over

The root of racism is rap

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9Misinformation

Rappers are talking about things that a young person might want to do. It's steering black youth in the wrong direction in life. The youth are dropping out of school trying to do things that rappers are talking about.

Most rappers say things that are meant to rhyme, but It ends up sounding really stupid and gets a lot of people in trouble.

A lot of things that rap has "taught" people are specific to the ego of the rapper and have no value to their stupid fan base. - PositronWildhawk

10No Variation

My God, every "rap" song is exactly the same! I was never a big fan of rap music, but at least Eminem actually had a message, and his songs didn't all sound exactly the same. These songs insult the intelligence of every human being that dares to listen to this horrendous heap of garbage. Also, you don't have to say "f***" at least 10 times in every song. It doesn't challenge anyone at all. A 5-year-old could point out everything wrong with this!

Rap can be summed up as, pointless rhyming that doesn't sound good, has no meaning, and is full of curse words, layered against a cookie cutter beat that isn't even catchy, layered and compressed for bad quality, with a stupid, I'm tough image. Point being, it is all the same, it is lame

Every "different" rap song sounds exactly the same and the all send the wrong message about drugs and abusing women.

Rap itself has very similar structure. Putting your own twist on rap is the only way you may find a good rap song.

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11Glorification of Drug Use

It's not the fact that rappers use drugs. After all, decades of music were influenced by mind altering chemicals. It's that all the negative aspects of a drug culture are put on display. The use of hardcore drugs, the peddling of drugs, the violence that goes along with illegal and addictive substances. Brian Wilson may have used drugs, but he wrote about Good Vibrations and not about the years he spent confined to his bedroom sleeping and taking drugs, the deterioration of his voice and his mind, and the tragic loss it was to the music world when one of it's most brilliant members was no longer even a functioning member of society.

OK...

First, I like rap music, I'm not a hater. Second, it really angers me when I listen to a song like "Purple Pills" by Eminem. He took drugs, look where that got him: a decade of awful albums. (Encore and Relapse)

He even disses those albums in Cinderella Man, on Recovery.

One of the main reasons people today use drugs is because they think it's popular - and songs about how great drugs are doesn't help.

Rappers are herbivores, they worship the plants called weeds. They are in same class as goats, they are REAL. - malamJONES

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12Random Sounds Replacing Instruments

This is why I hate modern music. This and voice editing. I mean anyone can sing when there voice is edited. I mean rockers have electric gutairs but you still need skill to play them.

Electronic musicians use synths and engineer the sounds with precision. Rock musicians play guitars and drums. Classical musicians have orchestras. Rap "musicians" have autotune. - PositronWildhawk

Yeah! The Black Eyed Peas invented autotune and ruined it! If not for them, Britney Spears would've produced real music. They are even worse than Bonnie McKee, Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Patrick from Fall Out Boy, Harry from One Direction, and even Max from The Wanted!

Whatever happened to guitars, bass, and drums?

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13Songs About Sex

You people do know that that Crank that Soulja Boy songs was about ejaculation right?

To the comment below, no it isn't. It was supposed to be some kind of dance move (see Rap Critic's analysis of it). You really don't need to make up more reasons to hate it, because the F-list beat and already garbage lyrics should be enough. - WonkeyDude98

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14Songs About Killing People

The glorification of violence is a key theme in many rap songs

Why write about murder when you never killed anyone and you can go to jail for it.

Look, obviously you must be comparing your whole life to these rappers, because most you obviously "hate" or "curse" them.
If they gave all their money away to a new fassaud like, "the answer to the nations family problems", children's playgrounds, would you even care? Not that much. Statistics say that "would rappers care about you? ".. Not that much.

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15Kids Trying to Imitate Real Gangsters

That would be more than half the population of 8th graders on the planet.

I prefer to be a sad skinny geek than to be a wannabe weed-eater ugly guy. - malamJONES

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16Songs about Getting Drunk, High, or Intoxicated
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18Perversion of the Language

Along with excessive use of profanity, there is a theme of general disregard for proper syntax, spelling, and pronunciation. It's hard to consider someone intellectual and a poet when their lyrics are filled with dis, dat, da, dose, and strengf.

Please no more swearing or I'll kill you wrappers.

19Excessive Profanity

Yes, using the same cuss word at the end of every sentence does help make everything rhyme, but really, it's enough already. And it's not just that it is objectionable language. If you use ANY word that many times it sounds stupid. If rap lyrics are supposed to be an art, then excessive profanity is like only drawing pictures of vaginas. It may be amusing at first, and simple minds will have more tolerance for it, but eventually people are going to want to see a picture of a sunset.

I agree.. Rap uses too much unnecessary profanity, making it look like a bad and uneducated music genre as if it takes no talent to rap since curse words are the first words to be used when one can't think of any other words, and it gives rap a bad image when a so called rapper uses curse words as "fillers"

My sister and I conducted an experiment a few weeks ago. I had the idea of counting the ''indecencies'' on one particular song. So, I brought a paper and a pencil to the living room and sat on the table while my sister played a song on the computer. Anyway, getting to the point! I counted 34 curse words on the first minute and a half, until my sister and I gave up on it, after being told I missed some. - DogsUnleashed

I strongly agree with your point of view in this article mostly explaining on how they only have to use this negative words to start rhyming.

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20Glorification of Violence

Not much really needs to be said here. The fact that rappers are killing other rappers because of something they said in a rhyme is ludicrous.

50 Cent became known because he was shot up, scarred, and lived to tell about it. It's a sad thing that we think more of him for this than we do for the doctor who toiled through years of schooling, earned the right to be called a surgeon, and used his education and skill to save yet another person's life.

In some lyrics they spread their hatred of rival gangs like bloods and crips even killing them. Do you think children and teens should be listening to threes awful lyrics?

Worse than Profanity, Drugs and Alcohol, this influences and covers and causes them all, Violence through Alcohol and Drugs, and Profanity influencing Violence. SCREW VIOLENCE, IT IS AGGRESIVE AND BAD INFLUENCE! - marlonacott

The is the most inaccurate list I have ever read

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