Influence of rap music on society

Written by contributing writer
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
Influence of rap music on society
Graffiti is often associated with rap culture. (Image by, courtesy of katutaide)

A body of research has been contributed by studies on music and its effect on modern society and behaviour. Rap music has mixed effects, most notably in youth. It's considered both a catalyst for violence and an inspiration that unites youths from different racial backgrounds.

Other People Are Reading


Popular rap, as it is today, formed in the 1980s, and has since influenced everything from folk music to heavy metal. It has ties leading back to Africa and Jamaica, where there was an emphasis on lyrical content and drumbeats.


Trends in using gunshots as rhythmical beats, graphic lyrical content depicting violent scenes and glorifying gang life and records of popular rap stars serving prison sentences make the notion that rap music spreads violence in society a plausible scenario.


Rap has greatly influenced trends in dress. The clothing in popular rap videos is often baggy, with a large focus on gold and platinum jewellery.

Creating Diversity

Though often African American, rap musicians can vary in race. Rap music's growing popularity and increasing influence on other forms of music bring youth of different social and ethnic backgrounds together.

An Outlet

Rap is often an outlet and coping mechanism for disadvantaged youths. The music and its lyrical affinity with the making of money often encourage young men and women to seek careers in music.

Don't Miss

  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.