Rap music is a part of the identity of this generation, even if most of the critics consider it terrible or a waste of time, or even if many specialists think that its lyrics send reckless messages to young people about violence, aggression, and unethical behaviour. However, like it or not, it brings together this generation more than anything else. Why rap specifically? What is its effect on our youth?

Photo by Jan Střecha on Unsplash
Photo by Jan Střecha on Unsplash

The first question has many dimensions. Why did we choose this music first? Because it is the most prevalent music among youth today, we see many Youtubers -who used to do comedy or entertainment- going to rap. Moreover, many young people today estimate to record a rap song, besides the competition between the neighbourhoods and among the youth, in addition to the lengthy polemics between fans about the lyrics, performance, and clips.

Some may view all of this as an aberration, and the clothing style of street gangs influences as a waste of time, especially since most of the rappers speak about drugs, misery and all kinds of moral deviations. But what if this is the truth? Why do we choose to close our eyes to it?

After all, music has never been the cause of economic crisis or cultural decline. Permanent follow-up of these discussions will indeed plunge you into a vicious and narcotic cycle, just as football addiction or vile newspaper scandals and gossip talk. But beyond this, we see in rap music a new form of expression, which the generation speaks, communicates with and sees themselves in the lyrics. On the same frequency, our youth search for people who express them more, just as our grandparents used to express themselves through poetry. Then why do young people choose rap music specifically?

Here we must link the phenomenon of the spread of Rap music in our youth with the conditions of its birth in the first place. Rap emerged at the end of the ’80s and the beginning of the ’90s among the African-Americans in the U.S within the culture of “hip hop” as a kind of expression against racism and social injustice imposed on them by the whites. And now our young people use rap to express social outrage, the domination of governments and other topics that concern them.

On the other hand, learning this art requires neither a beautiful voice nor a talent often compared to other styles. Rap music doesn’t require the need to master a musical instrument or to reunite band members or even to have a soft voice. Also, the costs of recording and production are low! Thus, these elements helped a lot in its spread as well.

Any other way, Rap rhythm is modern, fast and vibrant, more compatible with the modern lifestyle and the era of speed. Also, Rap music means freedom in one way or another, a freedom that the lyricist sees in the formulation of the words used in the local language, standard English, Spanish or French, and even sometimes made-up words or any language that comes to his mind.

Besides, many may see this as just a complete mess, those idealistic academics who are obsessed with Utopia and who live in their imaginations. But against their will, Rap music will remain a beautiful mess and an artistic portrait that expresses the listeners, translate their pain and dreams better than the most beautiful and eloquent poems. And at long last, what is the utility of a common language if we cannot communicate with? If we do not understand each other using it? The truth is that we live in chaos and that we can only pass through the chaos with chaos.

What inspired me to write about rap?

All the elements above study the topic in general and explain the reasons for the emergence and spread of Rap. Still, another question occurs: What made me write about rap specifically? Why didn’t I choose another artistic style?

The reason is that young solo Rapper, but rather a phenomenon, the way he combines different phrases in a simple, beautiful and expressive form and his liberation from the rhyme made my daughter fanatic about him… He is one person among the few who broke the myth of prejudice, which they often call the rappers in general, wasteless men. He was a 2009 graduate of Gladwin High School, a person who was able to overcome all those consuming subjects that do not exceed being a grumble of circumstances or a description of the rolling stone life that many dreams about.

However, he raised existential, psychological, political and historical issues in a beautiful form and a deep influential manner through music, you find him using his linguistic wealth in his lyrics from the measurement of angles In mathematics to black holes in the far reaches of galaxies. Thus Nathan John Feuerstein, known as NF, chose his words and this is what I appreciate and consider as fine art and an achievement that we must applaud.

Finally, I ask a final, innocent question: What if we reconciled with art instead of fighting it and prohibiting it? What if we encouraged and directed the arts in a conservative context? I may be wrong, but I want to draw your attention that we see the world with different eyes. And that’s because we were born in a different mixture of time and place.

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