Is Rap Music Ruining Lambert High?

Music tastes appear to shift with each generation; many children are not expected to have the same musical tastes as their parents. Rap music is becoming the most popular genre, capturing the attention of many teenagers. Teens can find an escape from reality in the “better future” depicted in some rap lyrics. Rags-to-riches stories might be appealing to many teens struggling with their stresses. Rap music encourages young people to disobey the boundaries and create their own self. But, this is where problems can arise as it coaxes teenagers to rebel. This is very apparent at Lambert High, where many students listen to hip-hop. 

Smith Pranpare, a self-titled “lover-of rap,” is a student at Lambert High School who loves listening to rap music. 

“I hate to admit it but rap music made me a worse student,” Pranpare said. “I think it influenced me to think some things are cool even though they are highly inappropriate.”

Many young people idolize and copy rap performers, which is one example of how rap music isn’t good for society. For example, advocating for drug use is common in rap lyrics, and it is frequently glorified. Rappers fail to demonstrate the disadvantages and consequences of using them. On several rap tracks, you’ll hear about how they hustled in the corner to gain notoriety and eventually became wealthy and lived “big,” as they put it.

There is only one realistic way to evaluate what rap artists do for young minds in general. With sold-out concerts, millions of social media followers and hundreds of songs sold and downloaded weekly, these musicians are undeniably influential, but what are they influencing people to do? Is it possible that people are swayed by a negative mindset that will harm their future? When examining these rappers as a community or individually, only one question remains, are students better off without rap music?