The "gangsta life" is a lifestyle whose main ideals are based on freedom and power.
The reason that this lifestyle and culture appeals to young black men in urban environments
is the fact that these individuals have never experienced real power or freedom. They are
commonly born into a life of poverty and struggle. Some never get the chance to see life
outside of their neighborhood. They don't realize there are finer things in life than 22"
rims or diamond chains. Listening to gangsta rap music and immitating their favorite
artists is their escape.
"He(Tupac Shakur) declared that the dictionary definition of a "thug" as being a
rogue or criminal was not how he used the term, but rather he meant someone who came
from oppressive or squalid background and little opportunity but still made a life for
themselves and were proud." A gangsta and a thug are one in the same. These artists are
looked up to because they have rose from rags to riches. However, current artists such as
50 cent have yet to realize the power they have over the kids that listen to their music.
"Thug Life became a calling card for how Shakur viewed his influence on society.
He had people from all walks of life -- criminals in jail, white kids in the suburbs,
black kids in the ghetto -- wanting to know how they could be a part of his movement.
Shakur admitted this sudden power he had over people frightened him." The influence these
artists have over millions of kids is incredible and should be used in positive way.
They should not promote homophobia, violence, promiscuity, drug use, racism,