I don't know about the rest of you, but I am getting sick of hearing of musicians doing stupid things.  Some of the stuff they are getting locked up over is stuff they could avoid (like Ne-Yo's recent run in with the law, in which he was going over 100 M.P.H. on a road.)  As people who work in a business in which young, highly influential, teens and young adults, could you blame the music industry for some of the crimes that go on around the world?  It would not be such a ludicrous idea.

When you have so many people who listen to music, and look up to musicians, it is easy to see as to how artists like 50 Cent, Kanye West, Ne-Yo, and others could be very influential on how society works.  Artists like these may not know that, but they play a big role in many lives. When people blame Rap/Hip-Hop for, "causing crime rates to rise," they don't look at what aspect of the industry is doing it.  It is not the lyrics of the artist, it is the action.  You all know the famous quote, "Actions speak louder then words."  Well you can definitely see it in today's music industry. Lyrics are not the problem, it is the actions in which the musician partakes in that is the problem.

Maybe more artists should be like Chamillionaire, and start acting like an average person. While that may be a hard thing to do, Chamil sure does a great job of being a class act citizen. He is one of the only people Rap/Hip-Hop stars out there to produce an album that does not swear, and is appropriate for all. While it is awfully hard to make an album such as King Koopa has, you can still be a good person and stay out of trouble while still living the stars life. Musicians like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, John Legend, and Common are all examples of people who entertain, and are examples of how people should act in the world. Think about it the next time you see an article of your favorite artist doing something they shouldn't, I am sure you will agree with me that it really isn't the lyrics, rather the actions that they commit

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