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(a) Read the article, The Influence of Rap/Hip-Hop Music. What is the premise of the article? What are the main findings in the article? How does rap music affect attitudes toward domestic violence?
The premise of the article, “Changing images of violence in rap music lyrics: 1979-1997” is that from 1979-1997, there was a drastic increase in the level of violence in rap music that is being viewed in a more progressively positive light. As a result, social conditions must change in order to reduce youth violence. These results indicate that there has been a dramatic and sustained increase in the level of violence in rap music. The percentage of songs mentioning violence increased from 27 per cent during 1979-1984 to 60 per cent during 1994-1997. In addition, portrayals of violence in later songs are viewed in a more positive light as shown by their increased association with glamor, wealth, masculinity, and personal prowess. Additional analyses revealed that genre, specifically gangster rap, is the most powerful predictor of the increased number of violent references in songs.
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