I was just looking at a thread about 50 cent and I couldn't resist the urge to ask if anyone sees what I see. I think the lyrical content and the imagery of rap has gotten completely out of control. There is just so much criminality, disrespectful presentations of young sisters as sexual objects and gross materialism. I am afraid for the generation of Black youth who are being imprinted with this madness. In my opinion, Lil' Kim, 50 cent, and all the other thugs and gangsters are teaching young Black kids that going to jail, hustling, being promiscuous, and valuing cars, jewelry and money are things to aspire to. In my opnion they are selling poison to our youth just as surely as a dope pusher is. Young minds are the most impressionable minds. Is this kind of imagery of Blackness what we want our youth to be taught? I was doing research recently and I read an author who was writing about pop culture. He said that pop culture doesn't just entertain, it also informs and instructs. What do you all think? I am scared to death at the damage this poison is doing to the next group of Balck thinkers and leaders.