If you know me, I'm always one to ask "why?" I think why is an essential, everlasting, ever expanding word, that keeps the wonder in life. But hey, that's just me!
To peep into the psyche of our misguided youth, you must understand that these youth have no hope...they see no way for a better life, not to mention, it's not cool to be a square. So the smart sheep thus become wolves, the preyed upon becomes the predator. Intellect, being different, nerdy or goofy isn't facilitated in American hoods, I know, I was raised in the "hood". ( It's a lonely journey, staying true to oneself in the ghetto) Despite this, it seems to be a new, more aggressive culture. Being poor doesn't mean that one is going to gang bang, or chase a life of crime. Could it be the music? As I was driving in my car with my son, I listened to this King Von song. I immediately thought, this guy is talented, I wish he wasn't rapping about sex, drugs and violence. I found myself humming the tune days later...why dammit? Why am I humming this song when none of it relates to me or my lifestyle? What deviltry is this I thought? I looked deeper to understand what is drill music? While drill music is a sub-genre of rap that glorifies murder, illicit drug use, irresponsible sex, what makes it different? To find that out, you would have to understand the majick behind making music. The average song ranges between 116-150 bpm ( beats per minute). This affects our moods. The faster, the more amp, the happier the mood, generally speaking. *side bar- Gloomy Sunday by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezso" Seress has been said to be the cause of many suicides...who knows?
To make a true drill (Drill= shooting up opps) song you must have a 60-70 bpm. Now this is were it gets interesting, at this range our memory recall and retention is enhanced. Also, we are in a more romantic mood...hmmm, could this be it? Could this be a major factor in the increase of violence and gang life with the youth? If you put it together, it seems that the young people are falling in love with this debauchery. Remembering exactly how and where to shoot. Romanizing murder, glorifying degradation of their peer, male and female. Lusting fast, dishonest money. Granted, because one listens to this music doesn't mean that one will follow a path of crime...but take a child that lives in abject poverty, has no real leadership to look up to, no true guidance and the results just may be that. A path to crime, drugs, prison, murder or be murdered. It's funny that these drill rappers never tell of the aftermath of such ill behavior. There is never a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow!!! The Grim Reaper awaits on the other side. The cycle is very disturbing. You find yourself feeling sorry for the gang member that met a premature demise, until you find out that this person was a child assassin. That child, that innocent face, had bodies on them. They were the reason many mothers have cried. Now your only recourse is to chalk that up to karma. Thanks to drill music...
Who's behind this? Why are these rappers allowed to speak of such destruction? Is this all accidental or by design? Can we attribute this to inner city crime? Can we blame anyone? You tell me...and never forget, always ask why?
I've linked a video of the King Von song...... RIP #KingVon
Peace Always~ Shakira