In figure 3 is an album cover Guess Who’s Back from 50 Cent, this album cover is showing violence because 50 cent is point a gun at the audience, his body language looks aggressive but the identity is blurred, the person behind the gun has a expensive watch on their wrist and a luxurious crucifix necklace in his hands with the gun. Violence is an important part of 80’s Gangsta Rap because artists such as N.W.A. Ice Cube, Eazy E and Dr. Dre used violence on their album covers, and they also rapped about violence. This is still used in today’s era by 50 cent, Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar. Figure 3 proves that 80’s gangsta rap violence is still evident in today’s era.
In figure 2 is the first verse of Drakes song Worst Behaviour, this song is about people never loving Drake and worst behaviours. Drake expresses emotions such as anger, sadness and loneliness throughout his songs and particularly in this song. In Drake’s song Worst Behaviour he uses a lot of swearing/profanity the song uses racial and abusive profanities in the first verse and throughout the song. This is an important part of 80’s Gangster Rap because artists like N.W.A, Biggie Smalls and Tupac all used profanities in their music because it emphasised what they were going through. Figure 2 is an important source when proving that 80s Gangsta Rap is still relevant in today’s era, because Worst Behaviour was realised in 2013 which it has been 30 years from the 80’s when gangsta rap came about and it still uses swearing and profanities, therefore still impacting society today.
In figure one this short clip/snip it is showing children that violence, drugs and alcohol is a good lifestyle and that the gangster lifestyle is what everyone should be living. Figure 1 shows that gangsta rap is still influencing today’s era. Gta (Figure 1) glorifies drugs, alcohol abuse and violence (killing people off of the streets) all in one game. Gta gives children of all ages a thought/ fixed mindset that violence/ crime (lifestyle) and drugs is an acceptable thing to do and that you will not get punished for it in the real world. This is still impacting current society by turning the gangsta lifestyle into a game which children play on a day to day basis. Figure 1 is an important source in proving that gangsta rap is still relevant in today’s era, ¾ stars because it still has the same mind set as of the gangstas did in 1980/1990s. This is still telling children, adolescents and even adults that killing people, trafficking/ doing drugs, drinking people and stealing cars is an okay thing to do.