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Rap Music Study Lab Report 1 Rap Music Study Lab Report Kye McMath Howard University
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Rap Music Study Lab Report 2 Music; as old as humans themselves, has continued to change over time to fit the needs and interests of those listening. With it having varying genres, there is something for everyone to like, and something for every musician to write/sing/rap about. However, music isn’t just important to artists for the number of singles or albums sold, music acts as a form of expression that can actually be quite beneficial. Music can help relieve depressive symptoms as well as physical pain because of the production of the neurotransmitter dopamine (Lerman 2018). Rap especially, is a heavily criticized genre that often is attributed to violence and other negative attributes. However, according to Dr. Becky Inkster from Cambridge University’s Department of Psychology, “ with people being able to open up with hip-hop, it will heal them. They can walk away with this and it provides a new form of therapeutic release.” (Espinoza 2017). For this study, we took four different songs by four different rappers and attempted to quantify the
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  • Spring '16
  • Dr. Angela P. Cole-Dixon, Dr. Cynthia Winston
  • Funk, Hip hop music, Rapping

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