Blame Rap Lyrics If You Won’t Blame Yourself

Richard Morrison of the London Times weighed in on the violent lyrics in rap music, who says the worst lyrics now seem to be passe. He writes, “Actually, in the songs of today’s rap artists (particularly on this side of the Atlantic) you are much more likely to find a questioning or hostile attitude towards the drugs and violence of the streets than [Dr. Kim Howells, the Culture Minister] seems prepared to admit. The usual tone now is: ‘Why does it have to be like this?’ Even rappers like who once gloried in their ‘hard’ credentials seem finally to be engaging with the self-destructing futility of the gangsta life-style.”

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