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      New Study Shows 77% of Rap Songs Reference Alcohol & Drugs


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      New Study Shows 77% of Rap Songs Reference Alcohol & Drugs
      Submitted by Str8hiphop.com on February 8, 2008 - 4:49am.

      The study, published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, did not draw conclusions about the music's effect on young listeners. But the researchers said there is evidence that exposure to certain media messages can increase substance use among adolescents.

      Primack's team used charts in Billboard magazine, a trade publication covering the music business, to identify the most popular songs of 2005 based on sales and airplay.

      They selected the 279 most popular songs from genres like country, pop, R&B, rap and rock, then sifted through their lyrics, counting references to drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Of those songs, 33 percent contained explicit references and 42 percent had some kind of substance abuse reference.

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      Seventy-seven percent of rap songs tracked in the study contained such references, along with 36 percent of country songs, 20 percent of songs classified as "R&B/hip-hop," 14 percent of rock songs and 9 percent of pop songs. Alcohol and marijuana were the most common references found, with tobacco more rarely mentioned.

      In "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off", country singer Joe Nichols sings: "She can handle any champagne brunch/A bridal shower with Bacardi punch/Jello shooters full of Smirnoff/But tequila makes her clothes fall off."

      In "Stay Fly," rappers Three 6 Mafia say: "Breakin down the good weed, rollin' the blunt/Ghetto pimp tight girls say I'm the man ... Let's get high ... smoke us one."

      "While we have not had the opportunity to thoroughly assess the study, it's important to note that music is generally a reflection of society," said Jonathan Lamy, a spokesman for the Recording Industry Association of America, the trade group for the U.S. recording business.

      Lamy said recording companies place parental advisory logos on albums stating an album contains explicit content.

      "Parents play an essential role as well -- the music that children listen to is an importance choice, and parents are the first and most important teacher," Lamy said by e-mail.

      SOURCE: REUTERS
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      Are we at all surprised by these findings? I'm surprised it's not a higher percentage.

      Are they talking about mainstream rap or ALL rap?
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      Quote Originally Posted by Im The Truth View Post
      New Study Shows 77% of Rap Songs Reference Alcohol & Drugs
      Submitted by Str8hiphop.com on February 8, 2008 - 4:49am.

      The study, published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, did not draw conclusions about the music's effect on young listeners. But the researchers said there is evidence that exposure to certain media messages can increase substance use among adolescents.

      Primack's team used charts in Billboard magazine, a trade publication covering the music business, to identify the most popular songs of 2005 based on sales and airplay.

      They selected the 279 most popular songs from genres like country, pop, R&B, rap and rock, then sifted through their lyrics, counting references to drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Of those songs, 33 percent contained explicit references and 42 percent had some kind of substance abuse reference.

      RAP FIRST, COUNTRY SECOND

      Seventy-seven percent of rap songs tracked in the study contained such references, along with 36 percent of country songs, 20 percent of songs classified as "R&B/hip-hop," 14 percent of rock songs and 9 percent of pop songs. Alcohol and marijuana were the most common references found, with tobacco more rarely mentioned.

      In "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off", country singer Joe Nichols sings: "She can handle any champagne brunch/A bridal shower with Bacardi punch/Jello shooters full of Smirnoff/But tequila makes her clothes fall off."

      In "Stay Fly," rappers Three 6 Mafia say: "Breakin down the good weed, rollin' the blunt/Ghetto pimp tight girls say I'm the man ... Let's get high ... smoke us one."

      "While we have not had the opportunity to thoroughly assess the study, it's important to note that music is generally a reflection of society," said Jonathan Lamy, a spokesman for the Recording Industry Association of America, the trade group for the U.S. recording business.

      Lamy said recording companies place parental advisory logos on albums stating an album contains explicit content.

      "Parents play an essential role as well -- the music that children listen to is an importance choice, and parents are the first and most important teacher," Lamy said by e-mail.

      SOURCE: REUTERS
      These are really interesting statistics.

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      I did a speech on the word b*tch in rap music when I was in college. Everyone is the class was like gotdamn. I'm sure if these yts could catch the slang that number would be way higher.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Im The Truth View Post
      14 percent of rock songs and 9 percent of pop songs.
      I do not believe this at all. I am certain the percentage is much greater.
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      Quote Originally Posted by tyydae View Post
      I do not believe this at all. I am certain the percentage is much greater.
      Oh I KNOW it's much greater. It doesn't take long to find a rock song that talks about alcohol and/or drugs. Lol

      You know, I'm surprised that the category of "sex" was left out of this "analysis", since so many of "them" think that that's all "we" talk about in hip-hop.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Raha View Post
      Oh I KNOW it's much greater. It doesn't take long to find a rock song that talks about alcohol and/or drugs. Lol

      You know, I'm surprised that the category of "sex" was left out of this "analysis", since so many of "them" think that that's all "we" talk about in hip-hop.
      Well said, Raha. Someone printed this bold face lie. You articulated exactly what I was thinking. 14%....Never!

      They left sex out for a reason.
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      Greetings Everyone!

      The people that are doing these studies want to blame someone for their white children being drugged out and drunk as a skunk all the time. It's the same story. They want you to believe rap is responsible for most of the evils in society.

      When they do a study on rock music and the like they don't have to look for the reference in the lyrics, hell the artists is so stoned and high they look pickled. I mean if they are worried about media messages having negative effects on children, then they need to stop the oppression of Afrikans immediately, especially with all their stereotyping of us as a people everyday in all their forms of media. LAst I look Imus got his job back, no questions asked. Look how hard the Jena 6 had to struggle for their right to beat the shit out of that kkrackkka who had that noose. The media is the first place they can start to clean house.

      They still oppressing us as we all sit here and discuss their study about how bad hip-hop is for children because of drugs and alcohol, give me a break.

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      but i still love rap songs


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