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Rap and the Controversy

When it comes to controversy the one subject that has remained on the top of the list are lyrics. The music category that has been under the umbrella of controversy is rap music. The reason that rap has gotten so much attention is because of the vulgar or as The Source calls it “the real lyrics” (26). Because of these types of lyrics many politicians have spoke out about putting bands and regulations on the lyrics that the rap artists make. Many parents have complained about the music and tried to stop the sale of all rap in all stores. Even though rap has been under so much controversy it has managed to prosper very well.The only way that the government has been able to do anything to the rap industry is by forcing all artists to put a parental advisory sticker on all of the CD’s. This was also brought on buy the parents because they were complaining that they were not able to distinguish between CD’s that bad language and the ones that are clean. After the government and the parents requested that all sales of rap music be stopped in all stores only one major company has accommodated that request and they even put a little twist on it. Wal-Mart is the only store that accommodated that request and they even put a twist on that. They decided to ask the rap artist to edit all their songs by cutting out all of the cuss words or they would not sell their records. So, the artist agreed with that request and did so.The funny thing about lyrics is that in the sixties all the music talked about was drugs and sex and they didn’t have to worry about editing any of there music because back then people knew that that was part of life. But it seems now that parents don’t want their kids to know about life. The late TuPac Shakur said it best when he said, “You don’t like the lyrics and the music because you don’t want to hear about how some people had to sell drugs to live and how s...

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