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.
The Top Ten
1 Egotism

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 myself imprisoned throughout ...more

This is definitely number one. It always sounds so aggressive, violent and barbaric even when the rap is about something non-violent. Its like the drumming and chanting before a tribal war. Its simply the most awful for of sound that humans make and call art. I can't even bring myself to call it music.

Even good rappers like Kanye East has too much of this. I think rap is going downhill real fast. First you had a cool guy named Eminem and old Kanye and now you get a song about a vegitable. What's so good about broccoli? It ain't that good.

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.

2 Sexism

I'm a freshman in high school, and I love jazz. I'm a huge fan of John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Duke Ellington, and several more. Songs like Naima by John Coltrane talk about their love for that special woman in their lives. Women inspire people to, they encourage people, and they change people (hopefully in a good way). But the way rap "artists" talk about women is just disgusting! They don't see someone they want to spend the rest of their life with. They just see a nice piece of ass that they want to have sex with. These dumb asses can't see anything beyond a sexy body and a nice ass. It's pathetic. It's also insulting that people my age listen to this, as if it's actually good. If John Coltrane were still alive today, he would be disgusted with what qualifies as music these days.

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.

Sexism? Wow. You ever hear Common's The Light? Eminem's Mockingbird (well, it's actually about his daughter, but still)? 2pac's Keep Ya Head Up? These are just a few of many songs where instead of being sexist, they actually stand UP for women and profess their love in a POSITIVE way and state how we need to treat women better (especially Keep Ya Head Up).

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.

3 Pointless Lyrics

"And I'm not sure why I'm infatuated with death / My imagination is surely an aggravation of threats / That can come about, 'cause the tongue is mighty powerful / And I can name a list of your favorites that probably vouch / Maybe cause I'm a dreamer and sleep is the cousin of death / Really stuck in the schema of wonderin' when I'mma rest." -Kendrick Lamar

How is this pointless... Yes some individuals have pointless lyrics, but how can some individuals dictate an entire genre of music. Music reflects the peoples perspective, and the listeners are the reason why the bad rappers make money and continue to feed the listeners bad lyrics. Kendrick Lamar as well as many others express THEIR point of view and perspective on life and allow people to connect to it. I don't like certain types of rap, but that doesn't mean that I think that all of it is. At the end of the day, just listen to what moves you because it is JUST AN OPINION.

Today's rap sounds like a bunch of down syndromed crackbabies mumbling random gibberish.

Used to like rap but then I grew up and realized how mentally handicapped and warped you have to be to think that mainstream rap content isn't complete garbage.

You want real music today? Try some jazz, symphonies, rock or any other genre that requires talent. Genres like rap and pop are nothing but talentless dancers and actors using auto-tune. It's cancer.

These "lyrics" are the saddest excuses for lyrics I have ever heard. However, I will say that you know exactly what kind of person that rapper is. These "artists" that every 14-year-old "hood" kid just worships. Yeah, these are the kinds of people that kids these days look up to. No wonder this generation is falling apart! I'm surprised that this generation hasn't become extinct yet.

I have always hated rap music. I'm black, so everyone assumes I listen to this trash. Nearly every rap song nowadays is consisted of controversial lyrics pertaining to sex, drugs, racism, money, violence, and struggles. I listen to rock and roll. At least they shift their style every once in a while. I listen to bands like Saliva, Motorhead, Disturbed, KISS, and AC/DC. I mainly hate rap because of stereotypical views. People assume that ALL black people listen to rap. I DON'T AND I NEVER WILL AGAIN. Even country musicians have some form of talent.

4 The Sound

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.

The Volume in RAP Is Way to loud and can hurt the eardrums as children! It can be hard on their hearing early

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

5 Glorification 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.

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.

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 evil people! Rappers are imitating gangsters, therefore, rappers are imitating evil people! Being a gangster is a miserable self-destructive lifestyle! Don't glorify it!

6 No Talent Goes Into It

Rappers have no talent with musical instruments, and don't have any creativity. They don't craft interesting lyrics on top of emotional/exciting music, they just talk and use a computer generated beat. I pretty much only listen to music from before the turn of the century because artists then were creative and worked hard to perfect the words and tune to the song, and the result was a fantastic variety of songs that really can bring out emotions in people, both happy and exited, or sad and lonely. The fact that every rap song sound the same comes down to their lack of creativity and general inability to play and create real music.

So apparently people like Nas, 2pac, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Black Thought, GZA, Common, Talib Kweli, Mos Def have no talent? Do your damn research before stereotyping a whole damn genre. Plus, The Roots are a band of live instruments where there's a guitarist, drummer, bassist, etc.

So rappers like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Eminem, 2pac, Kanye West, Dj Quik, Dr. Dre, RZA, Nas, Talib Kweli, Mos definitely, Black Thought etc have no talent? Producing music isn't talent? Creating lyrics isn't a talent? Creativity isn't talent? "No talent goes into it" my dick...

The only genre of music where you need no talent whatsoever to play. You don't need to learn how to play any instruments or even sing. Thus, since no talent is needed in rap, a lot of it sounds the same.

7 No Variation

They need to paint a visual picture to complement they're beat. Wavy trap artists such as Playboi carti, ethereal need to channel energy into the wave they create. Mike G from OF can spit descriptive though. Why does the game always gotta convey either struggle or lavishness where's the in between? You can be lyrical without rapping about negativity and violence but Eminem has been spotlighted as the lyrical standard. Battle rap hasn't helped even though I love some battle rappers. Also where's the love for other Detroit MC's pay dues. Descriptive language is key hip-hop deserves a atmospheric renovation.

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

This only occurs mostly towards somewhat famous rap music. Some examples of variation in rap is: Nas with his Rakim influenced sound and somewhat slowly and little, but still, changing rap sound. Red Hot Chili Peppers with their mix of rap and funk elements (If You Have To Ask and Mellowship Slinky In B Major are prime examples) that definitely goes further than how Will Smith used to mix rap with dance music elements. Amoc (Inari) and Slincraze (Davvisámegiella) which raps in almost/somewhat extinct languages. Rage Against The Machine with their unique mix of rap and metal with unique solos by Tom Morello (Bullet In The Head, Settle For Nothing) as well as Linkin Park with Mike Shinoda (Faint, Somewhere I Belong). Kendrick Lamar with his tone variation and song structure that shows that you can mix the sound of the older stuff with the newer and that it is all about how you do it and how well. Beastie Boys with their punk influences, whilst sounding nothing like the metal rappers, ...more

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

8 Songs 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.

Stop with this bull about having a lot of money when you not giving it back to a church or to help better yourselves.

Now it is a free country but that don't mean you can talk about you having money when you cracking credit cards while other on the street busting they asses to make a penny.

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.

Annoying how rappers brag about all this money they have which they blow on all kinds of bull instead of spending it on helping the kids that are living in the "ghetto" that the grew up in.

9 Racism

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.

This, however, is not true. Rap is part of the black culture. There is no racism when the culture accepts it. We accept it because of how we feel we relate to it when we listen to it. Rap music is not racist, and only people who can't go 10 seconds without expressing how their political opinion is right believe that. I'm talking about both liberals and conservatives. Both sides are dumb as hell, hence why I have no political alignment. Politics ruin everything.

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.

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

10 Misinformation

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.

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.

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

The Contenders
11 Unoriginal Lyrics
12 Songs About Sex

It's not just that there are so many songs about sex. It's that so many rap songs talk about sex in such a gross, degrading way. Why would anyone want to listen to "Wait (The Whisper Song)" by Ying Yang Twins, "Some Cut" by Trillville ft. Cutty, "Play" by David Banner, "Every Girl" by Young Money, "Love Me" by Lil Wayne ft. Drake and Future? All of these songs try to be sexy, but they all come across as gross, annoying, or both. They make sex sound disgusting, humiliating, or painful instead of fun. It would be like putting Donald Trump's "Grab her by the p****" conversation to a rap beat. What girl would want to listen to that? What girl would want to listen to any of these songs? What girl would be attracted to any of the guys rapping in these songs? Do you seriously think that the things they describe are what most girls want? It seems that for most of these songs, the rappers think they are genuinely being sexy and attractive to women. To me though, the stuff they describe in ...more

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

I think that really all rap song's are.

13 Excessive 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.

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.

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"

Yeah! And this is why I detest Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Nicki Minaj! Kelsea Ballerina, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Danielle Bradbery, Laura Bundy, and other country artists have better songs than these 3 jerks! Country music is better than rap! Get this to #1, please!

14 It's Just Talking

Pablo4lyfe most people like Kurt Cobain and Freddie Mercury actually put meaning into their songs and there are many other music artists than them and rappers that can actually put sense into songs. Also rock music especially has different lyrics rather than the same old talking about "money, women, drugs ETC" So just bare that in mind and listen to more of bands like Nirvana, Queen, Foo Fighters...

My friends in school always sing it but to be honest its just making random words up and rythming them with other words so that's it and rap is going to be the best noo way. Also I hate how they always swear its just bad influence and making people go haywire. Also when people here this they do this weird poses and like in mature pointing the finger like is that what you are going to do in life there is 10000000 things more useful to do then this so rappers go help people and stop acting like you're the best MOVE ON IN LIFE

No wonder both opera and rap are crazy! Take your pick: singing when you're supposed to be speaking or speaking when you're supposed to be singing.

I take that back. Rap can be music if any of these modern rappers knew what they were doing.

15 Too Much Autotune
16 Kids Trying to Imitate Real Gangsters

That is 90% of the kids in my class. I am currently in 8th grade, male, and black. About 90% of the black kids in the school listen to rap. Half of them steal peoples phones and money, curse at grown ups, and one guy even tried to fight me when I said I listened to rock and roll. They also brag about being self proclaimed "thugs." Here's a message kids: you ain't no gangster and you NEVER will be. I would rather be a scrawny, rock and roll loving nerd than a cheap ass wannabe thug.

This is sadly true. Because of our modern glorification of violence in rap music, some kids take it too seriously. I love classic rap, but I'm also glad that time's past, because the influence it would have on our generation could be awful.

When a five year old is throwing up gang signs your way and singing rap music, you know you don't belong on this planet.

Yeah, all the grade 8s in my school try to be like gangsters, while I just hang back playing A7X into my ears.

17 It's Not Real Music

It's more of a bunch of yelling. The problem is that there really is no structure to rap- it's just some guy yelling a bunch of slang that rhymes while synthesized sound bangs in the background(I have no problems with synthesizers, but it's just a 10 second audio loop in rap). People rush to rap's defense by claiming "it's good poetry," but is poetry a show of sexual violence, guns, cruelty, and greed? I don't think so.

There's no such thing as real music.

That is so true.

18 Glorification 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.

Studies show that glorification of drugs is done the least in the rap and Hip-Hop genres (no there no interchangeable). The only reason people think only they do it is because it's the most listened to genre of music right now.

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

19 Songs About Killing People

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.

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

Too many lyrics are "Cops are comin' we hidn' the crack! Shoot em' down and fire back!

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

20 Songs about Getting Drunk, High, or Intoxicated
21 Random Sounds Replacing Instruments

These morons don't even know what music is. How about instead of using background music that sounds like a DS having a mental breakdown, you actually use real instruments, like a drum. Those sound way better than the Gameboy on LSD sound we got instead. It's just a spit in the face to anyone who loves music.

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!

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

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.

22 Stupid Dances Invented by Rappers
23 Perversion 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.

24 Rappers Using Stupid Slang

How is slang stupid

25 It's Annoying
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