Analysis & so What

This is my Analysis on my Primary Materials. For this assignment I am only you using one primary source, which is a TV series called Planet Rock. My research question that I am using this material is; why are rap artists targeted of narcotic surveillance? Is it because of the media constantly reporting that rapper lifestyles and music are prompting drugs that targeted at inner city youth which leads to violence and deaths?

My primary source Planet Rock is a documentary made by former rappers of the 1980's. I watched an episode of the show called The Riots Of L.A after beating of Rodney King. This video directly answers my research question. The video shows that after Rodney King was
brutally beaten and the cops were proven not guilty blacks of south central Las Angles started to
riot. It talks about how people had been rapping about this kind of stuff since the 70's but was over looked and then when the video footage of Rodney King was released, blacks went crazy. Major rap artist such as N.W.A and Ice T released music motivating riots such as fuck the police, and cop killer.

Fuck Tha Police Lyrics
Fuck tha police
Comin straight from the underground
Young nigga got it bad cuz I'm brown
And not the other color so police think
They have the authority to kill a minority

Fuck that shit, cuz I ain't tha one
For a punk muthafucka with a badge and a gun
To be beatin on, and throwin in jail
We could go toe to toe in the middle of a cell

Fuckin with me cuz I'm a teenager
With a little bit of gold and a pager
Searchin my car, lookin for the product
Thinkin every nigga is sellin narcotics

You'd rather see me in the pen
Then me and Lorenzo rollin in the Benzo
Beat tha police outta shape
And when I'm finished, bring the yellow tape

Hook from Cop killer by Ice-T
Cop killer, better you than me
Cop killer, fuck police brutality
Cop killer, I know your family's grievin'
(Fuck 'em)
Cop killer, but tonight we get even

They believed that the cops been proven not guilty was injustice. Hip and Hop and violence was there only way to be heard. Before the government knew it the police were outnumbered on the streets because Blacks and Latinos were united. This explains and demonstrates the repeating cycle I have been talking about. It touches base on how crime increased with the introduction of crack to the world. The cycle by which some black would do something stupid, get excessively beat by cops or imprisoned, black community reacts by violence and hip hop, government tries to contain in ineffective ways and it just gets worst and repeats itself from here.

Video of Rodney King getting beaten.

So what?

So what: Narcotic surveillance and government Actions on Drug War in the 1980s and its effects on rapper artists is important to all American citizens because not only has the media linked rap artists and their music to illegal drugs due to the wealth, glamour and social standing that they bring along with their music; but also the government actions directly set apart and subordinated an entire race. As stated on Planet Rock many have heard about this situation but no one knows exactly what happened and how blacks were manly targeted and suppressed unless they experienced it. Twenty years later people are starting to speak out. The world needs to know exactly what was the cause and effects of government actions and what we need to improve on because it is still an ongoing problem. The media portrays that rap artists are corrupting youths through their music which are the leading causes of death and violence. Therefore, law enforced narcotic surveillance must be put into place as safe nets to prevent further corruption of even more of the American youth (, 2008). But until the lyrics in rap particularly, gangster rap music and the media are regulated in productive ways, the drug war problem will continue. The government should listen and act on situations before things spiral out of control because then you get some angry rapper who tells the world his/her thoughts on what’s going on in his/her song. For example, the songs fuck the Police by N.W.A and cop killer by Ice T were made after Rodney King was nearly beaten to death. Yes, we have freedom of speech, but if the government doesn’t want rappers to expose our intercity problems to the world then they should address them like the people ask. As stated in Planet Rock when the people feel they are not being heard they look for any outlet they can to express their anger, rather it be riots or through music. Although, narcotic surveillance has improved the drug wars somewhat since the 1980s it is still as prevalent as it was back then. In conclusion the government actions and the media on the drugs lifestyles have mostly impacted young minority intercity kids, which a larger number become rapper artists that deal drugs for a living, have a direct link and contributes to the cycle which the world needs to realize.

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