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Rap Censorship

            Rap should not be censored because everybody has the right to their freedom of speech, as it is in Section 2 of Charter of Rights and Freedoms. “Us as rappers express our thoughts and the whole world is after us.” (pg. 171, Sexton) Rap has done a lot to our world; as a result our society has improved. Laws are stated for music censorship. Rap censorship is wrong; there are cases, songs, and interview to prove that. A lot of people think that rap music promotes violence and that it is negative to the society! While so much emphasis is placed on the detrimental effects of some rap music, there’s little acknowledgment of rap’s positive cultural contribution and social activism. Jive’s KRS-One, known to his community as “The Teacher” is just one example of the good work being done. KRS-One now lectures at universities such as Harvard, Yale, Vassar and Stanford on his philosophies “The deepest part of being black is being African. The deepest part of being African is being human,” he has started. “The deepest part of being human is being universal. And the deepest part of being universal is being balanced. It’s all according to where to start and stop studying.” The rap artists have been involved with such organizations as Stop the Violence, Heal and the National Urban League (for which KRS-One raised $600,000) One of his projects “Break the Chain,” was made into an audiocassette soundtrack with his songs and spoken words. The project promotes literacy and cultural awareness and teaches black history. Pubic Enemy criticized for excessively violent lyrics, has even launched a Black Awareness program. The members have also raised and contributed money for various causes such as Urban Development Program, a nationwide program by which youths build houses for the homeless. In the States, Public Enemy toured 20 cities in the “Unity for Peace” tour and raised money for such local charities as the Boys and Girls clubs.