After reading and watching the crucible I noticed that the people who were considered to be superior in the town only believed what they wanted to believe. This is very similar to how people view hip hop and rap. My targeted audience in this letter is news and the media. News channels want to voice their opinions about how today's hip-hop and rap artists are encouraging young people to be violent and do drugs. These artists have become scapegoats for the public to use when any type of violence or drug abuse pops up from the youth.
What people fail to notice is that in the 70’s rock music was centered around drugs. What people fail to see now is that artists like Demi Lovato do cocaine http://www.eonline.com/news/887866/cocaine-casual-sex-and-the-road-to-re.... Many people look up to Demi and yet no one is making news reports about her substance abuse. Black people and hip hop are the scapegoats for the mistakes of our youth.
Some of the biggest names in hip-hop right now are artists who are currently facing criminal charges. Teenage years are the hardest for people. You make many mistakes between the age of 12-22. Just because you get famous doesn’t mean you’re not going to make mistakes. It can be argued that being famous will only increase the number of mistakes you make because you have money now. For artists like XXXtentacion and Kodak Black, this is the opposite. X and Kodak made their mistakes young and now that they’re famous it's coming back to bite them in the butt. They have since apologized for their mistakes and are trying to spread positivity through their music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMklj2rtVAI. The media doesn’t want to advertise how these artists are helping the youth, they only want to throw their past into the open.
For me, hip-hop and rap is a way to express myself. It’s one of the only things that I’m truly passionate about. It really angers me when people look down on my passion but they say it’s producing a more corrupt youth.