provided by the constitution. However, the politics surrounding gun control make all of this
impossible. For instance, the politicians who are in cohorts with the National Rifle Association
may never make laws that control guns. Therefore, another Douglas Stoneman is on the way
unless Americans can rise up and realize the need to effect changes.
Journal 4; The Meaninglessness of Rap Music in the 21 st Century
Music has undergone many changes over the years. It has embodied different themes that
are premised on what is happening in the society. Rap music has undergone the most changes. It
began as a tool through which rappers communicated strong opinions to the public. African
American culture was deeply rooted in hip hop music in the 1980s. Legends rose to take this
music to another level because they used it to criticize and formulate public opinion on different
aspects affecting their community. Rappers like 2-Pac, Biggie, and A Tribe Called Quest
released meaningful music that brought attention to different vices in the society. They rapped
about poverty, the lack of opportunities, police profiling, and education. Their music was the
voice of their community and many listened to them with hope for a better future because they
thought someone was speaking for their rights. However, all of this has changed in today’s music
industry. Hip hop is becoming more meaningless and fails to evoke emotion or implore critical
thinking. One is likely to hear the occasional inspiration from artistes such as Kendrick Lamar.
However, rap music today is devoid of political commentary or an appeal to social justice. It has
been reduced to an instrument of making money and empty entertainment. It is baseless,
meaningless, and lacking in direction. The rise of rappers with the Lil something names has
taken the context from hip hop music. Today’s generation loves listening to songs about women,
money, drugs, and death as depicted through rappers such as Lil Uzi. The rappers feed them pure
entertainment and theatrics in music videos while forgetting the richness of the culture that
surrounds hip hop. It is time for these artistes to live up to the legacy left by icons in hip hop.
They need to understand that their music shapes the lives of many young men and women whose
culture surrounds what is depicted in these rap songs.