Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Hip-Hop: (Dysfunctional) Love of My Life?

No comments right now. Supa and Hip-Hop are taking a break - to analyze the merits of their life long relationship. Supa 'bout ready to call it quits. Kinda thinking that it's stagnating her growth & evolution....But hip-hop just don't wanna let her go...wants her to stick around, while it tries to prove itself......Stay tuned.. (read on)

BERKELEY, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/

Young people who listen to rap and hip-hop music are more likely to have problems with alcohol, drugs and violence than listeners of other types of music, a new study shows. The link to these problems raises serious questions about the alcohol industry's use of rap and hip hop to market products, the study authorsaid. A survey of more than 1,000 community college students found that rap music was consistently associated with alcohol use, potential alcohol use disorder, illicit drug use and aggressive behavior. Alcohol and illicit drug use were also associated with listening to techno and reggae. (damn?!) The results were not affected by the respondents' gender or ethnicity.

"People should be concerned about rap and hip hop being used to market alcoholic beverages, given the alcohol, drug and aggression problems among listeners," said lead author Meng-Jinn Chen, Ph.D., a research scientist atthe Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation's (PIRE) Prevention Research Center. "That's particularly true considering the popularity of rap and hip hop among young people." Rap and hip hop artists and music have been used in advertisements for malt liquor and other alcohol products, while the urban contemporary music radio format, which features rap and hip hop, is regularly used for alcohol advertising. The study, published in the May issue of the Journal of Studies onAlcohol, surveyed over 1,000 students aged 15 to 25. Students were asked about their music listening habits, alcohol use, illicit drug use and aggressive behaviors -- such as getting into fights and attacking or threatening others. Researchers emphasize that the survey results cannot determine whether listening to certain music genres leads to alcohol or illicit drug use or aggressive behavior. But young people with tendencies to use alcohol or illicit drugs or to be aggressive may be drawn to particular music styles...

..read entire article here.

found via Nah Right's blog.

17 comments:

jameil1922 said...

ha! uh huh. hip hop tryin to make me be out too. i'm just like look dammit quit referring to my kind as a hoe and yo kind as my pimp and talkin about all the ways and places you want to stick it. talk about something that matters! but i still gotta stick by hip hop when white people talk about it. i'm like you don't even have a clue. you think nelly is hip hop. every black or colored person ain't hip hop. i'm like those women whose boyfriends shoot and maime them and they're like but i loooooooove him! sigh.

Miss Ahmad said...

I am soo not apart of the hip hop generation and it must be my conservative heritage that just makes me sit back and say....

hip hop does not care about black people!

this is not the music we grew up on, this is the music that is poisining the minds of our youth, and acting as a baby siter and cyber pal, to kids who need to learn how to read, graduate from college and get some real life skills under their belts!

before they end up at a Duke LaCrosse Party....

Supa said...

Word, Jameil.

No u didn't go there, Ms. Ahmad, w/the Duke lacrosse party!!!!

P said...

I'm starting to wonder if there is a direct correlation between hip hop/video games to children not wanting to go outside and play.

Maybe I can write a dissertation on that.

That's all kids talk about now have you noticed that?

I mean we talked about all kinds of things as children, our biggest music exposure was video one on channel nine, or watching Video Vibrations and/or Soul on BET - AND ONLY FOR A LITTLE WHILE because we were way too much all over to place to be vegged out the way these chirren are. . .

By the way. . .Have you ever seen UNCUT on BET. I woke up in the middle of the night and it was on.

Luke's Peep Show, Circa New Millenium!

Shawn said...

I'm going to do a post about this too. I think I'm going to put in my divorce papers too. The whole Proof getting killed on 8 Mile while killing a man and him being made a hero is sickening to me. He's a murderer who went out like a punk and gave my city a black eye before he did it.

Single Ma said...

not sure if there's a direct correlation, but the stats speak volumes. the glorified thug life leaves little to be desired. then again, having an 18 yr old brother who is easily influenced makes me a little biased.

African girl, American world said...

I read this article earlier today...I've been done with Hip Hop....music is supposed to inspire, how come we ain't gettin no higher? L said that almost 7 yrs ago and it got worse.

Dee said...

lemme go read...........

Miss Ahmad said...

ooh quoting the L Boogie up in here!

I know from working in media, that the television is no friend of the children's. These are the images that will forever enslave the minds of our kids if we are not careful.

Cocoa Girl said...

Dayum!!! Knew I had to let it go for a reason!

dp said...

blaming hip-hop for social ills is totally disingenuous and disguises the folks that are really responsible for our cultural demise. if there wasn't any hip-hop on the radio then it would be reggae or salsa or anything else that capitalists need to keep the people deaf, dumb and blind. hip-hop is supremacy's sexy scapegoat.

that doesn't mean that hip-hop should be given a free pass either. the artists that choose to engage us in hip-hop current manifestation bring little creativity, diversity or empowerment to the genre. don't tell me how rich you are, tell me what I need to know so that I might be able to help my community be successful.

we are in desperate need of leadership as we try to raise our children and our communities from the position of permanent servitude status. truth is that we are all we need to start the movement back to the light.

just don't be skerrred to turn off your radio.

P said...

@ Single Ma:

The direct correlation statement I made was meant to be tongue-in-cheek.

BUT, I do think that the electronic/video age corresponds with some parallel issues we are having in society with these kids.

As DP says, we can't blame hip hop, per se, but we can choose to not participate in it's hugely deceptive belief that it's all good for the chirren.

Miz JJ said...

I am amazed at the amount of TV that parents let their children watch. Most kids have TVs in their rooms where they have unlimited access to the garabage on TV. My parents always talked to me about TV and what was on, but do parents do that now? I mean parents should tell their daughters "You see that chick shaking her ass in the camera, you better not let that become you. Go read a book".

Knockout Zed said...

I don't know. I'm with Chris Rock on this one: "What was in Hitler's CD case?"

What beats was Idi Amin droppin'?
Was Slobodan Milosovic listenin' to SwishaHouse?

I get the point. When I was in my late teens, NWA made me feel indestructible and ready to fight. And the violence quotient is getting worse.

KZ

Boxers-Almighty said...

I think that peopels think too much about the whole "hip hop" thing..But then again I gre up on the stuff, and consume it like water.

i like liquor and tv said...

With or without hip hop these white kids (yes, more than likely most of these kids were white), would be drinking, doing drugs, etc. We live in a violent world, so of course the kids today will be products of their environment. It's a coincidence that hip hop is the biggest music genre in the world today.

I don't understand the purpose of that survey. I mean are they going to do a survey on a correlation between kids that shoot up their schools and goth music?

And yes I listen to hop hip and I drink..I'm drunk right now. But does one have anything to do with the other? I doubt it. Most of my favorite rappers don't even drink.

obifromsouthlondon said...

i'm with dp and liquor on this. what is the survey saying? nothing whatsoever. and while we at the hiphop bashing thing why don't we change it to "White Marketing Executives and Big Music Corp are killing our kids". They will green light any bullshit to turn a buck. Come positive and u get the silent treatment. or end up an actor like Mos.

yeah hiphop has a violent streak. rebel music. sometimes it seems like the only voice. but it's like the black digiratti and the black professional. no one talks about the positive stuff. I'm sick and tired of stupid surveys that address nada. You wanna clean up start from the top. leave the kids out of it. always trying to demonise niggas.

Me? I hear a dope beat and wanna come nearer.