Ben Staff: Should you form an opinion of me just because I like rap?
By Ben Staff of the Grimsby Telegraph Young Reporters programme ...
MUSIC, we all listen to it, and we all admire it in one way or another.
However, many in the world decide that a preference in genre of music is something to use in forming an opinion of someone.
Almost everyone, including me, in one way or another has judged someone on their musical taste. Music is a much more significant thing that many take for granted, especially young people in today's modernised society.
It acts as a role model and as a way with dealing with emotions. We all cope with these factors differently, but this does not mean that a form of prejudice should be generated.
Just because I listen to rap music, this does not mean that others have the right to associate me with the images that come with the genre.
Society is incredibly cautious when it comes to rap music, because those within the industry include very antisocial sentiments in their lyrics.
Society sees this image as police hating, crime indulging and gang warfare. But this is just one piece of a much bigger picture.
Many rappers today vent their entire lives through their songs, and these sometimes include lessons that I believe society can benefit from. But since society's view has been almost permanently fixed to this negative connotation of the genre, it is difficult for the opinion to change.
This is not always the case, as many believe that this is deserving of the genre, because there are rappers in the world who live for the idea of hating the police and causing crime.
We cannot let this minority persuade the opinion of the world. For the sake of those who rap for the sake of their families, or for the chance to better themselves, society cannot continue with its moral oppression of this genre of music, for once it is gone, it may never return.
Music can mean more to certain people than others, and I feel that this especially applies to the young generations of today.
For some, it is a form of identity, and a way of making friends. We see those groups, separated by interests, and one major cause of this is musical.
Having these similarities is important for some, as it can generate a feeling of being part of a group, something that every human wants to feel. Although these groups may begin to change their appearance based on their preferred style of music, does this give us a reason to look upon them with suspicion?
Instead of this being a form of rebellion, I see it as a display of passion, something I believe the world is missing a lot of in recent years.
We are constantly taught 'do not judge a book by its cover' but no matter how much this is instilled in us, we never heed its lesson. Whenever something is culturally abnormal in the way we perceive people, we look upon it with distrust and negative views. The majority of society or the 'in group' views those who do not go along with the social norms as strange, and thus have branded the younger generations as rebels.
Society fails to remember that this was once them years ago, and that music has been used as a form of rebellion and freedom by teenagers for centuries. A clear example of this would be during the 1940s with the swing movement!
Why can we not simply admire each other's interests, instead of picking faults?
As a great man once said 'No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music'.