Is it possible for hip hop to influence teens in a positive way? If a music genre is popular, then it must carry a positive influence. But the question is whether hip hop music influence can remain positive. Hip hop in the past had a huge influence, but not exactly the positive one that people have wanted.
The hip hop music influence in those days was dark, filled with anarchy and violence, targeting every aspect of life outside the inner city. Because it was being created by people who had a jaded view of equality and other basic principles of life, its influence was one of taking what you think you need without caring about the consequences. Lyrics of hate and degradation against people was so captivating that it led teens into doing things unexpected of them, awakening the darkness they had inside.
To achieve a positive influence over your listeners, especially impressionable teens, the music must have a positive influence. Now, early hip hop music lacks that. Society blamed the music for the teens’ bad behavior. If a genre is displeasing to many, then there is a tendency for society to blame it for what’s happening and ignore their own responsibity on the situation.
This influence over the years has changed as the music itself changed. Present-day artists brought back poetry to the music and almost completely extinguished the flames of violent themes. Now, we have a focus of theme that critics like to call pop wannabes. Things must have been going the right way, since now, more than ever and in spite of all the critics, hip hop music influence have gone larger.
The positive tones of the hip hop music influence today has brought back ideas of romancing your loves instead of harming them to get what you want, and is beginning to spread the word of how giving back to your society is more important than tearing it down. Perhaps the new artists have learned the lessons that many of the founding artists did not. That living hard, fast and brutal will lead you nowhere but towards self destruction. Many of them are now either dead or in jail, regretting so many bad choices they had made.
Those who made it, on the other hand, made it big, and have used the hip hop music influence to create positive projects that are being embraced by their fans. Many of them organized volunteer groups that are formed to help improve the lives of people living in the cities they grew up in. Consequently, fans all over, follow their example and many volunteer to help.
If the hip hop music influence can be called anything today, it should be evolving. Many current artists have made overcoming hardships in life a central theme to the music they build their career upon. That influenced the listeners in a positive way, which is very important in today’s economic state. Rather than radiate rage, they create themselves a better image, standing for a better cause.