Letter: What Is Bleeding Obvious Is That Rap Music Reflects Social Injustice
Michelle Watts London Se18, The Independent (London, England)
Sir: Deborah Orr ('A statement of the bleeding obvious', 17 May) is in danger of being dismissed as another middle-aged, middle- class, white, establishment figure who castigates a culture she is far removed from and blames its social deviance on its loudest expression " its music.
Hip-hop and rap music are the usual scapegoats for the ills of a generation of alienated young males in inner cities with, apparently, nothing better to do than hang around malls wearing 'hoodies', intimidating people, 'happy slapping' unsuspecting victims or, at the most extreme level, getting strapped (carrying a gun) just to preserve their masculinity. How many times has 'gangsta rap' been cited as the prime suspect in this societal decline?
Within US hip-hop there are rappers who glorify 'thug life', violence, and living in 'the ghetto'. And, yes, this has influenced aspects of the UK hip-hop and urban music scene. As with the US experience, UK artists are expressing their everyday experience: growing up on run-down housing estates, getting excluded from schools that are too …
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Publication information: Article title: Letter: What Is Bleeding Obvious Is That Rap Music Reflects Social Injustice. Contributors: Michelle Watts London Se18 - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: May 19, 2005. Page number: 28. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.