By: Austin Dalmolin. I. History A. Definition of rap music B. Rap Music\'s Roots 1. Beat poetry C. Gain in popularity 1. Sugar Hill Gang\'s “Rappers Delight” 2. Run DMC. II. Rap\'s influence on the music industry A. Increase in independent record labels 1. Def Jam Records
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A. Definition of rap music
B. Rap Music\'s Roots
1. Beat poetry
C. Gain in popularity
1. Sugar Hill Gang\'s “Rappers Delight”
2. Run DMC
A. Increase in independent record labels
1. Def Jam Records
2. No Limit records
B. Black entrepreneurs
1. Russel Simmons
2. Puff Daddy
C. More opportunities for African-Americans
A. Desensitization to violence, drug use, etc.
1. Shocking lyrics
B. Can cause listeners to be anti-social or violent
1. School shooting linked to rap music.
C. Inspired youth to express themselves
D. Parents responsibility
1. Juvenile and Slick Rick\'s opinion
A. Some rap promotes sexism, drug use, etc.
1. Gangsta rap
B. Reinforces racist, sexist stereotypes
C. Desensitization of youth
D. Bad role models for inner city youth
V. Positive influences on society
A. Makes people aware of the problems in urban America
1. Crack cocaine use
2. Gang violence
B. Rap is an educational tool
C. Black culture expression
1. Integrated black culture into our society
A. Mainstream rap
1. Underground rap
B. Positive rap music
1. Christian rap
C. The Future of rap music
Is rap music a positive influence on society?
Should rap music be censored?
Does rap music portray an authentic picture of urban America?
Is rap music becoming more positive?