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An open letter to Rap singers by a Mother

March 29, 2017
rap music for kids

Ever cringed at the meanings of Lyrics in the latest songs belted out by Rappers or worry that Rap Music for Kids may be destructive?

 

Whats up Rappers,

I am a Mother of a Toddler who wish to share her concern with you all on behalf of every Parent. The other day while I was driving back Home, my 2 YO wished turning 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 starts tapping and hands starts moving right when he sense 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 multitasking. My Son who was lip singing 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 not able to timely clip it. It happened in a small time of few seconds that I could not but only SIGH heavily.

No No, do not take me wrong. I do not have any problem with the loud or rap or hip-hop music. Nor I am 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 starting expanding to the loud music, which I am not against of but dread these because of the over-mention to death, drug 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 am afraid if he starts assuming Women as these songs portrays her.

Everywhere we go, Marriage parties or Kids function- These numbers are 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 every attempt to keep these censored words out not allowing them to make space in my Kid’s small dictionary. Words which made entry into our world when we crossed our Teenage or ready enough to absorb, are making early entry into their lives right under our sniffed noses.

Numerous research done has proved that Music has the ability to effect our behavior and emotions, regardless of age. Saying that, I cannot restrict his listening but can only request you to desensitize your songs before they are out to malign the tender minds.

I respect your art but the study shows Rap music for Kids is not good and it 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 inviting 1 more catalyst when we have lot of others already.


Parents, do you too feel that Rap Music for Kids is harmful or do you have a magical trick to protect them from the wrath of these songs?

This post originally appears at BuzzingBubs.

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2 Comments

  • Reply GleefulBlogger April 1, 2017 at 11:44 am

    You speaking my mind here, I often change the song (when possible) else I start talking on higher pitch to mute the words…but till when?? This is not a solution but just some cosmetic ops, hope our plea reach the desired destination…
    Just last quarter DU’s college banned these rappers coz of such derogatory lyrics, this issue needs immediate attention.
    Thank You for voicing out Mother’s concerns dear…

  • Reply Alok Singhal March 29, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I would call it the western influence which we are trying to acquire (for some) or are getting pulled towards. There is not much we can do except for trying to shut it off and imparting better education to kids.

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