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Gangsta Rappers Shape Inner City American Culture

Posted By: Sherman Miller on November 7, 2007
As I read this commentary, I worried that the writer may not have included fully the deleterious impact of the gangsta rap on shaping the culture of inner city America. I believe in the hood the rappers are shaping the culture. The "HIP HOP’S (UNSPOKEN) TEN COMMANDMENTS" by Stephanie Mwandishi Gadlin offers a feel for this awful impact. Some anti-hip hop comments Gadlin wrote in the April 17, 2003 The Black Commentator are:

"Thou must rarely talk about God and spirituality. You must lyrically condone atheism and a false belief system that negates the existence of a higher being."

"Thou cannot have a sense of history. Never ever refer to any historical event that may cause the consumer to think about his/her relation to history."

"Thou must not advocate. Thou art prohibited from advocacy of anything of social redeeming value. . . The consumer should never assume that thou read newspapers, magazines or books. In other words it must appear that nothing that happens in the "real" non-entertainment world, has any personal affect on your thinking."

"Thou must promote all things ghetto. . . . You must celebrate ghetto language, ghetto living, ghetto housing, ghetto clothing, ghetto hairstyles, ghetto sexual habits, ghetto education, and ghetto economics and ghetto self-hatred."

She sums things up with "The consumer fan base must identify with your lack of spiritual grounding by believing that the only gods are sex and money. . . .” What is very troublesome here is quality education is not on the radar screen of today’s rapper overlords in inner city America.

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