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Rap, Hip Hop & Look Out

Should we be censoring our kids' music?

Published: February 9, 2008


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Visitor Comments: 22

(22) a musical teen, June 28, 2010 2:46 AM

an interesing thought

I'm not saying this to boast or brag,just to prove my point. i am a very musically talented 13 yr. old. i play piano by ear and am very connected and relate a lot to certain songs whether they be Jewish or English. i also completely agree to Rabbi Salomon that parents should hear what some kids listen to. some goyish songs that can really wreak havoc in other childrens minds really uplift me and when i play it on piano or i drum to the beat i feel very connected to the whole song. Baruch Hashem that my parents understand this need and allow me to listen accordingly. but i wanted to point out a difference, between how and why some kids listen and why others do. i have friends that are angry at their rabbeim or parents and decided "not to care", and so they listen because of that. and then there are the kids that can listen to the same song and yet get such different results.

(21) Nathan, February 25, 2008 2:54 PM

Was this piece about hip-hop?

I find it interesting that this lecture is seemingly entirely about rap and hip-hop. Certainly you'd agree that messages regarding sex and substance abuse are routinely found in all genres of music, from pop to rock to country western. Furthermore, just as some movies are violent and and degrading, some hip-hop music is violent and degrading - but that doesn't mean all movies and all hip-hop is violent and degrading. There are plenty of socially concious and uplifting hip-hop artists out there, including Matisyahu, an Orthodox Jewish rapper.

(20) Dvirah, February 25, 2008 2:40 PM

Content, Not Style

It's easy to rail at styles of music one doesn't like oneself, but that misses the point. The same message can be sent in any style (try reading the translations of some operas!). So I agree with Rav Salomon that we should know the content - ie words - that our children are absorbing. There are Jewish singers in every style, even rap and hip-hop, who sing about tradditional Jewish themes such as performing Mitzvot & learning Torah. One could gently direct one's child to an appropriate singer in the style that child prefers.

(19) MalkaL, February 14, 2008 7:14 PM

Music teacher vents!!!!!!!

Its interesting to note that CD's have labels indicating if the music contains explicit language and content. Would you permit rated r movies or music in your home? Forget the parnet-child dialogue! Leave this kind of music out on the street where it belongs. Parents should explain that it hurts them to listen to this kind of music and therefore it cannot be played in their homes. Todays music is more than Elvis' "Blue Suede shoes" Its musical porn, children are exposed to sexuality through music at a very young age! I have been exposed to this kind of music when trying to get an idea of what my music students listen to. I was shocked!!!! The rhythm and music is hypnotising and the words... you could just cry from the vulgarity. None the less that was the last time I'D ever go down to that level. Bring on Elvis or better yet the miami boys choir!!!!

(18) Gayle, February 14, 2008 9:30 AM

Rap and Hip Hop are not Music...

they are just a bunch of noise with no use at all! The only message it gives our kids is be a criminal,be a druggie, drink and have no respect for women much less other human beings!
Music is a key role in education and can be used for good and bad! Look at all the "stars" today Brittany Spears,Madona, and all the negative messages they send to our kids! They should all be banned from the media!
When will kids have a childhood again if ever? Something to think about!

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