An Open letter to rap singers from a mother

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Ever cringed at the meanings of lyrics in the latest songs belted out by rappers? You’re not alone. One mom writes an open letter to the musicians.

What’s up, rappers?

I am a mother of a toddler who wishes to share her concern with you all on behalf of every parent. The other day while I was driving back home, my 2 year old wished to turn on the radio to tune in to FM. This has become our routine and daily dose of music.

We love music – music is something I am always grateful for; his love for music and dance is inherited. Like me, his feet start tapping and hands start moving right when he senses something musical.

The song that was already playing was fast approaching the line which I wanted to mute but my every effort to do this failed. My fingers fumbled here and there before I could reach the button. Frankly, I am not good at multi-tasking. My son, who was lip syncing the song aloud, cleverly caught the word stressing little more on the word. Of course his stress was not intentional but due to the musical notes.

The moment he screamed “SEXY”, I cursed myself for not being able to cut it short.It happened in a matter of seconds that I could but only sigh heavily.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I do not have any problem with the loud or rap or hip-hop music. Nor am I asking you not to express your art. I am only concerned about the lyrics of these songs which are becoming more explicit in their references to drugs, sex, and violence.

No matter how hard I try, I cannot bind him to just the poems. His interests started expanding to the loud music, which I am not against  but dread these because of the excessive references to death, drugs and alcohol.

Moreover, these songs have derogatory statements about women; statements involving violent actions toward women, and references of women as usable and discard-able beings.I’m afraid he will start assuming that women are exactly the way these songs portray them.

Everywhere we go- marriage parties or kids’ functions- these numbers are a hit among the crowd. I am not jealous of the success they are bringing to you but what if this success of yours is detrimental to the society and for the generation to come.

I feel like a guard who has failed at  every attempt to keep these censored words out of my kid’s small dictionary. Words which made entry into our world when we crossed our teenage or were ready enough to absorb are making early entry into their lives right under our noses.

Numerous researches done have proved that music has the ability to affect our behaviour and emotions, regardless of age. Saying that, I cannot restrict his listening but my only request to you is to sanitize your songs before they are out to malign the tender minds.

I respect your art but the study showing effects of rap music on children makes me really worried.

How great it would be to rap about something more powerful, more meaningful.

Rap about love, patriotism, literacy, social issues, compassion and fears.

I too express my thoughts through my words as a blogger but I understand my responsibility towards my art.

The artist should be more conscious of what they put into the universe.

Last but not the least, I am aware that we can’t blame music alone for crimes in society but why invite another catalyst when we have lots of others already.

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