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By Eminem's hardcore explicit lyrics, to Lil Kim's outrageous outfits into the late Tupac Shakur's "thug life" image, the rap subculture was under a great deal of speculation. Many rappers lyrics comprise violent messages which parents dread are encouraging youth to become abusive. The press has a field day covering protests against rappers, such as Eminem about their explicit lyrics involving gays, women and their promotion of violence. The main concern is how rap is influencing now, particularly towards the childhood community, and the response is seen in the media. There are a lot of articles, books, movies and documentaries written and produced annually with hip-hop being the principal topic. This wonderful abundance of media not only impacts the childhood but other individuals as well. However, one needs to understand how the rap culture got started, and why the press found it intriguing enough to give it a Significant Quantity of coverage. In accordance with Webster, rap is rhythmic chanting of usually rhyming couplets to a musical accompaniment (Webster, 607). The rap subculture started from the African community living in the Bronx during the 70's using rappers free styling--if musicians marvel without memorization or writing down lyrics--in the playground, on street corners and from apartment basements (Watkins, 63). This was a benign method of determining who the best lyricist was. In the time artists such as Arrested Development created lyrics that delivered a positive message to the African community. The group's music address issues which range from homelessness to the search for spirituality and African Americans' link with Africa. During their positive influence they received "Best New Artist" and "Best Rap Artist" through the 1993 Grammy awards (Boyd, 44). During its birth, this subculture produced several different civilizations such as graffiti art, break dancing and many notably rap music. This subculture was very expressive and paved the way for latter cultures' success. In his book, Fight the Power, Chuck D (also a member of rap group Public Enemy) says, "Hip hop is a subculture of Roman civilization. It is another term for Black imagination. Rap music is here to stay since it is vocal over audio, and as the music affects the vocals can remain the same as it is one of the few live vocal styles ever employed for recording music" (p.g. 248). He was right because as the 80's wer...