I turned on the radio on my way to school and as the music flowed through the car, I realized something. I realized that I had never thought about what most of the popular songs on the radio were really about. Sure, I knew the lyrics and listened to the songs all the time on my phone, but I had never taken a minute and really noticed that these artists were covering up lyrics about molly, sizzurp and weed with fancy beats and catchy choruses to distract us kids.
The best kind of propaganda is when you can pitch it to someone and they don’t even realize that it’s working its way into their head. Now, I’m not saying that these artists are trying to influence every kid to do drugs and drink alcohol, or anything of that nature, but we focus so much on the song without listening to what’s really being said, that it subconsciously ends up doing just that.
Inevitably most kids end up thinking that if all the dope rappers are doing it, why can’t we? Songs like Molly, by Tyga, can change the mood in a football locker room, pump you up for a workout or sound great on a party playlist.
All I’m trying to get across is that when you don’t take a minute every once in a while and think about what you’re listening to, it can subtly affect you and make you do things you normally wouldn’t. When little kids know all the words to Wiz Khalifa songs and sing about being drunk, young, wild and free, without really understanding the true meaning of the words, that shows you exactly how little people really know about the music they listen to. Truthfully that stuff has consequences too, but the songs such as Otherside by Macklemore tend not to get the popularity and radio time that the other songs do, simply because of the message they spread: a message that tells the truth about using and abusing drugs.
We need to acknowledge those messages just as much as the others, and I think it would really benefit us to just put aside a minute every once in a while to really think about what we’re listening to.