1 Popular Music Is no Longer Just Entertainment The cultural changes in the modern society are inevitable. This concept is reflected in the transformation of popular music in the American culture. According to Adorno and Simpson, music discussions in the United States have centered on the impact and circulation of two sets of popular music (37). These discussions are traced back to mid-90s, where scholars such as Adorno investigated the function of popular music by studying the line of its characterization and tracing it back to its origins. The categories of popular music, such as western rock and pop music, have made considerable sales in the form of millions of copies all over the world. Some of its famous artists include Madonna, U2, and Michael Jackson. However, the record sales are not of great interest in popular music; instead, it is the influence it exerts on the American culture. The popular music has undergone revolution over time and can no longer be considered only a means of providing entertainment but also a means through which the artists exert a lot of influence on gender, sexuality, race, and class. The influence of popular music extends beyond record sales to fashion, culture, race, gender, sexuality, class, and even masculinity. The youths in the American culture show a substantial consumption of media, including music that possesses sexual content. According to Johnson-Baker et al., popular music genres, such as rap music, pop, and rock, are no longer just a means of entertainment (317). The authors suggest that these music genres have a massive influence on sexual initiation among adolescents in the American society. Modern rap and hip-hop songs concentrate on the ideas that talk about sexuality. The sexuality content is evident not only in the song lyrics but also in the videos that the rap and hip hop artists release for public consumption. The tendency to produce rap and hip-hop songs that talk about sex is on the rise among the American youths (Johnson-Baker et al. 318). An example
2 includes 2013 Stay Trippy album by Juicy J, DS2 Rich Sex album, the “Suck It or not” in the W. Carter Collection album by Lil Wayne. In the Stay Trippy , Juicy J’s lyrics talk more about sexuality, referring to having sex and asking the fans if they support sex as a concept. “If you believe in having sex, say hell yah” (Aaron “Juicy” ). The first lyrics are a command that asks if the fans support sex and whether they are in favor of it. Moreover, the songs in the album seek to identify with sexuality and serve to create a sense of ownership towards it among the fans. Many other artists have also advanced the concept of sexuality in the American culture.
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