Kids listening to rap music?

United States
February 23, 2010 12:06am CST
Hi, Alright I'm not trying to be the overly concerned parent here, but I can remember when I was a kid and my parents didn't want me listening to what they considered bad music, and now I think i'm in their shoes. My son is 7 and he seems to be really interested in rap music. Now, I don't know much about rap music because I still listen to the same 80s music that I listened to when I was a teenager, and in the 80s rap was just starting to get popular, and it was nicer rap, like MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice. But my son likes some of the gangster rap. Since I didn't know much about rap, I did a search to find some new songs ( ) and I'm a bit concerned about some of the subject matter for a 7 year old kid. Should I just leave him be, since all his friends are doing it? Or should I restrict what he should listen to? Thanks.
4 responses
• Philippines
6 Jan 11
Good Day! Yes, most of the kids now listen to rap music. Music has really a big influence. For me it depends on the message of the song. Its okay if the songs that they're are singing doesn't content something bad.
@JeongLee (20)
• China
6 Jan 11
please don't force the kid to do as you wish. they need encouragement and correct leads. little kids may temporally have differet hobbies.i think you should let him keep his hobby.
@mgmagana (3618)
• United States
23 Feb 10
buy him cds that don't have the warning that it has explicit lyrics on it..that way it's all edited... walmart sells only cds that are edited! my 6 yr old sings that song "bedrock" but has no clue what he's really saying...i think if you try to restrict them then kids will find a way to listen to it any way....this way it'll be on your terms!
• United States
1 Jan 11
I'd say leave him. Every kid in America pretty much knows about profanity these days. Just make sure he doesn't say them. Plus, the best hip-hop songs contain profanity, even the socially conscious ones like Common's "I Use to Love H.E.R." and Jay Electronica's "Exhibit C." Besides, gangsta rap was blowing up back in the late '80s and early '90s, too (N.W.A's "Straight Outta Compton," Ice-T's "O.G. Original Gangster," Snoop Dogg's "Doggystyle").