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I wanted to focus more on pop and rap music where you might not expect to see that kind of symbolism. I included Marilyn Manson, because he is one of the only heavy metal musicians signed by a major label and there are links between him and some of the other groups / artists I wrote about like Lady Gaga and Die Antwoord.

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Here’s just a tiny sample of the use of the all-seeing eye in the music industry:

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Howard shot and killed Davidson with a nine millimeter Glock pistol, while this gangster rap, also talking about killing cops with nine millimeter Glock pistols was playing in the car. Under these circumstances, it would be difficult to think that the music in the car did not have any influence on the situation. At least, the Davidson family thought it did.

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“Several artists, unfortunately even myself at one point, was pushed in this particular area and it’s gotten to a point to where hip hop artists from back then, who started all of this, are all now adults,” who have joined the masses to effect a change, Kangol told The Final Call.

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The aspect of morality can also be applied to gangster rap. It is not moral to preach and advertise some of the topics discussed in the lyrics, yet they are all present in the world. It is also not considered moral to take away the rights of the individuals to express themselves through music, as observed in the rulings of the court cases dealing with these subjects. On the other hand, it is not considered moral to degrade women, threaten to kill people, or fire vicious insults, all of which are common in gangster rap.

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There have now been three different songs presented in this paper containing lyrics that discuss killing cops: N.W.A. '5 Tupac Shakur's and Ice-T's Others discussed murder and disrespected women. Suge Khight, Tupac Shakur, and Snoop Doggy Dogg, three out of the four main players within Death Row Records, all spent time in jail during the early 1990's. Snoop while being charged for murder, Knight for violation of his parole agreement, and Tupac, for sexual assault. On top of this, Bill Davidson was killed, and the gangster rap industry was under criticism from many different angles, especially from the police.

If someone dies or goes to jail in the music industry, companies make money off that as well, Davey D continued.

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There are many other ways that esoteric symbols from the dark side are used in the music industry; from celebrities making their hands into the shape of devil horns, to the frequent usage of the “Okay” sign, often covering one eye and having 3 hidden sixes concealed in it.

There are many references to upside down pentagrams in the music industry, some concealed, others out in the open.

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Finally, there has been resistance to violence within the gangster rap community. Recently, Master P, president of No Limit records has launched a nonviolence campaign. This campaign consists of messages played on the radio, MTV, and BET. The message urges all gangster rappers to refrain from discussing conflict in their lyrics and to bring the focus back to the art of making music. Whether or not this campaign will be effective, is yet to be seen, but all rappers under contract with No Limit must tone down the messages in their new work, Master P has also recently developed a line of shoes with Converse. They will be available on June 10, and proceeds from these shoes can go to help fight against the negative influence of gangster rap. Since Master P and Focus on the Family both oppose the nature of some gangster rap, both would enjoy seeing it improve. The two could work together hoping to do this. Master P could help fund Focus on the Family for more articles on gangster rap. Focus on the Family could, in return, help Master P advertise his new line of shoes in their publication. This would be somewhat of a culture clash, but it would help to build bridges within communities, giving them something they can relate to each other with.

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Now, an interesting situation is in place. Lives have been lost and people have suffered, yet the gangster rap industry is still flourishing. Society has noticed the negative influence this music has had, yet we still continue to make it succeed through number of record sales. Is there a way to completely solve this problem? The answer is no. Referring back to the words of Judge Rainey, gangster rap is not a commendable thing, but there is no way to get by the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech, making it impossible to restrict the words and messages given off by the gangster rap genre. While it literally is still only a type of music, gangster rap has definite influence and power.