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synonyms for the word thug include hooligan, thief, and gangster. At the same time that 2-Pac Shakur is promoting himself as a thug, the Bureau of Justice proved that the young blacks, living in houses with low income, were the most vulnerable to violent crime. In addition, 1 in 20 blacks compared to 1 in 26 whites commit violent crime. It can be concluded that out of the 66% of the fans of rap that live in inner cities, many of them are committing crimes. Likewise, in much of 2-Pac Shakur s music he focuses on his East Coast Rivals, and when rapping about his East Coast Rivals, many threats are being made. Shakur in a song titled Hit Em Up, says Little Caesar go ask your homey how I ll leave you cut your young a$$ up live in you in pieces. 49% of murder victims are blacks, and

28% were killed in gang activity in city slums. Another astounding fact is that of the 28%, 20% are 18 and under. The originators of Gangsta Rap, the Beastie Boys have a song titled Robbin and Stealin . This whole song is dedicated to tales about robbing banks, stealing from old ladies, and their personal ventures, which included robbing gas stations, and quickie marts. What makes this song so significant is the fact that 32% of all crimes committed in inner cities had to do with bank robbery, car theft, and home burglaries. All these facts, and statistics only serve to prove that the message that rap artists send out is negative, and that people living in the inner-cities and slums of America are affected by the artists lyrics. Throughout the course of 1997, a cable network

known as MTV (Music Television) took 3 trips from Lexington Kentucky, to Lexington Kentucky to Chicago, Illinois. The topic of the program was to speak to teenagers in gangs and ask them how Gangsta rap has affected their lives. On the first trip, MTV s Tabitha Soren to speak with a member of the Lexington Mean Street Posse, known as Pete GAS. When Tabitha asked him how artists such as Biggie Smalls, 2-Pac Shakur, and The Beastie Boys have affected his life, he said You know Gangsta Rap is the way to go around here. It s just like we hear the $hit, and boo-bam, it sets everything off. It s just like the East Coast and West Coast war around here, you either ride or die with your Kliq. The amazing characteristic about this group was that 4 of the 7 members were 16 years old, and 2

were highschool dropouts. Another characteristic that surprised many viewers was that all except 2 of the members were Black. On the second tour to New York City, Tabitha Soren had a chance to speak to a powerful ganged called the Back Alley Kliq. A member of the group Billy P, was asked the same question that Tabitha asked Pete GAS. When asked the question, Billy s response was Oh hell yeah, why you think that you see peeps walkin around with glocks tucked under their belts? Billy P at the time was 15 years old, and had dropped out of school at the age of 13 +. On the tour to Chicago, Tabitha this time spoke with a concerned mother who was concerned about her son Rodney, who had been gang banging since the age of 14. The mother was concerned about the fact that Rodney could go

to jail at anytime, or even die before going to jail due to extensive gang activity. This mother stated that her son only 17 years old, had been expelled from 3 different high-schools for pulling guns on other students, and her son was arrested more than 3 times for possession of marijuana. She also told Tabitha that two of his best friends, who were with the same gang, were sentenced to life in jail for killing two of their foes in a drive-by. When she was asked the question about the impact of rap on her son s life, she replied with I assume it does, because from the day he started to listen to that junk he has had some kind of gangster mentality. If my son and I ever talk about something it s about 2-Pac or the East Coast VS. West Coast scuffles. Tabitha, at the end of the

show concluded that the all the gang members seen, could soon be the future of rap. The bottom line is that rap is indeed very influential, and does reflect the actions of many people. Another negative message that rap artists are sending out that must be viewed is promoting the usage of alcohol and drugs. In a song titled America s Most Wanted, 2-Pac says Bring out the Champagne bottles, and all the boos, and have one on us. The National Bureau of Justice also took a count, and 48% of Malt Liquors, are being sold in mainly Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Los Angeles California. The problem with that is the majority of rap fans live in those areas, known as the slums of America. Among the 1 million violent crimes in the cities of New York, Chicago, Washington, Los