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Learning from rappers crimes

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Tupac Shakur, Vanilla Ice, T.I., and Kodak Black. All are very successful rappers and musicians, but they have something else in common: they all have criminal records which have accounts of actions as simple as driving with an expired driving license, to shooting, murdering, beating, and raping.

Shakur was born on June 16, 1971 in Harlem, New York, but moved to L.A. in 1988. Tupac is arguably one of the most skilled and influential rappers of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. His music has empowered many, and continues to do so today.

Does Tupac’s long criminal record take away from his accomplishments? Should we encourage people to stop listening to his music because of it? He has been imprisoned and jailed multiple times for things such as sexual assault, shooting, attempting to beat people with bats, and more.

It often seems like musicians are held at a different standard than other people. When people hear about other civilians raping, attacking, or murdering others, they often lose respect, but seems like when famous rappers do this it is ignored.

These very influential rapper’s histories are filled with many mistakes and wrong actions, similar to the history of the United States. America has had things such as slavery, racism, among many other inequalities throughout its existence, and we still talk about them today.

By looking back at the mistakes in our history, we as a society can learn many valuable lessons such as the correct way to treat others and how to move forward. We learn what made America the most free country in the world.

Can a similar perspective be applied to these rappers and their faults, or should we disenfranchise ourselves from them and ignore the inspiration and accomplishments that they bring?

Not only should their listeners decide this, but all people who are affected or influenced by rap culture. They should begin by learning about famous rappers and their crime filled pasts, then decide for themselves if they should continue to be respected.

When building your own opinion, consider that it is extremely looked down upon when prominent figures and nearly any other person in society commit crimes like raping, gang affiliation, or murder. Why should this be different for rappers?

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