A lot of the music you hear today – typically Rap & “Drill” has been blamed for the violence happening throughout the city of Chicago. It has been stated many times before that when one listens to drill or rap music, it encourages that individual to act out and/or retaliate.
Music is somewhat of an expression – to me. Whenever a person is going through something, rather it’s good or bad, there’s a song out there to express the joy or pain that you may be encountering. A lot of the time when a person is traveling throughout the city rather it’s by car or public transportation, they tend to listen to music to help start their day – no matter what genre of music it may be. And after hearing a song being constantly replayed, that particular song or songs stick in your mind & you may find yourself mumbling the words out loud or in your mind. A person is able to pick up on a song faster than a lecture any day.
So if “negative” music causes negative behavior, will positive music cause positive behavior ? Personally, I believe it can help decrease gun violence. Maybe one will think twice before picking up a gun to resolve any issues that he or she may have with someone who they consider as an “opposition” or the street term “opp” – which is just another way of saying, “rival” or “enemy”. Maybe if an artist who many listen to on a regular basis or even idolize make music telling their fans/supporters to put the guns down – they may listen. Doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me. Sounds like the best solution to me actually since music is influential. Chicago Ideas thought so as well & actually made it happen.
Just the other day we wrote about The Twilite Tone new music video, Put The Guns Down which features Common, King Louie, G Herbo, Katie Got Bandz, Saba, Tree, No Name Gypsy, Mic Terror, & Nick Jr. of Treated Crew. After watching FOX 32 News last night, it has been brought to our attention that the visual is actually apart of the Music vs. Gun Violence Campaign that everyone can be apart of & also be heard.
It’s going to take more than mainstream artists to promote saving lives & telling others to put the guns down. It’s going to take you & me to help spread the message & save a life as well.
Chicago Ideas is providing you with the opportunity to say a verse about gun violence or even speaking out as a victim of gun violence. Go to www.musicvsgunviolence.com/your-verses to share your verse or www.musicvsgunviolence.com/stories to share your story today.
Below is the visual for Put The Guns Down: