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 ...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

Lots of good musicians in other genres have egos too, it is not just a hip hop thing. People on this list should listen to real Hip Hop Artists like Public Enemy, Rakim, Redman, Tupac, Outkast, and Beastie Boys. - Rambles

True all the way

Maybe, but a big ego is what makes a rapper special - usernameof

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2 Sexism

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.

Yes, I'm not one of those psycho feminists but I agree that some rap songs are bad to women. They treat females like objects or decorations. - Lunala

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3 Pointless Lyrics

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.

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

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.

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4 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.

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.

Even middle-class kids and teens imitate them. Thinking their bad when they are not. - NikoX

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5 The 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

There is no point to the lyrics anymore

The sound of rap isn't just DJ Mustard. You have the brash shrieking warped synthesizers of acts like Run the Jewels and DoomTree, the genius sampling and instrumentation of producers like Madlib, and the general homage to black cukture including jazz, funk, and soul with acts like Kendrick Lamar. Rap is a genre that sounds fantastic when given a competent producer. - WonkeyDude98

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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.

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.

A few Rappers of today have talent. The ones the mainstream media puts out is the ones with no talent - NikoX

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7 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. - 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.

Motherf***ers say that I'm foolish, I only talk about Jewels
Do you fools listen to music or do you just skim through it?
Jay Z- Renegade

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8 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.

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

A lot of black rappers say the n word and don't even know what it means. Except whites can't say it.
That bugs me

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9 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.

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

10 No Variation

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

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.

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The Contenders

11 Songs About Sex

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

Ever heard pop songz eh

Like AC/DC didn't have songs about sex or Led Zeppelin, no never. - Rambles

12 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.

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

People at school try so hard, but fail. They look like a bunch of clowns. - NikoX

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

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13 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.

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

Coco by ot genesis is a perfect example for this.

14 Random 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!

Most real Hip Hop producers samples instruments like RZA. - Rambles

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15 Songs about Getting Drunk, High, or Intoxicated
16 It's Just Talking

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

First of all Rakim never swears. Second of all there are GOOD rappers like Nas, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, 2pac, KRS-One, Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, Eminem, Public Enemy, Outkast, Akala, J-Jon, Immortal Technique, Talib Kweli and many more who rap about things that are wrong with this world. They have better lyrics than any musician in any other genre. I'm certain you can't name any better lyricists except maybe some rock singers like Kurt Cobain or Freddy Mercury. - Pablo4Lyfe

For goodness sake, anyone can talk to a beat. That's all it really is. Example: I'm a b I'm a b I'm a I'm a I'm a B. It's so repetitive. It is so annoying my 8 year old has dubbed it "crappy rappy". See, even kids know that rap is crap!

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...

Avain anyone?

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17 Songs About Killing People

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

Like Metal doesn't talk about killing people, right. - Rambles

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

Still better than love songs

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18 Studio Gangsters

There just pussies lol

19 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.

20 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.

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

Lil Wayne and Eminem use them A LOT but I find nothing wrong with it as long as they don't use it to insult or tickle people it should be finee. - AlphaQ

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