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influence • banging • image
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  1. Her life has completely changed from when she was younger and was gang with her friends.
  2. Many movies and books are here because of the government.
  3. His parents think that his new friends have a bad on his actions.
  4. She to be as famous as Madonna some day.
  5. He maintains a hard with his friends, but he's very sweet around his girlfriend.
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#545 Hip Hop Music

Jeanie discusses rap music and censorship.

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Do you think that Hip-hop music negatively influences people?

If you have an effect on someone or something, you 'influence' it.  You cause a change.  Notice the following:

  1. It has been a really positive influence on her to meet other young dancers.
  2. His work was really influenced by Monet.

gang banging

All they did was, they did gang banging and stuff like that.

'Gang banging' refers to stereotypical gang activities, such as selling drugs and getting in fights. Notice the following:

  1. He was into a lot of gang banging before he became a rapper.
  2. Their group is known for gang banging.

hard image

I have to build up this hard image so that I can make money.

Someone who doesn't show fear or care about the law has a 'hard image.'  They give the public the idea that they don't care about anything or anybody.  Notice the following:

  1. He has a really hard image, but once you know him you realize that he's really sensitive.
  2. She has always had such a hard image that she didn't have many friends.


For people to aspire to be a popular Hip-hop artist, they actually have to do some type of criminal activity first?

If you dream of being a Hip-Hop artist, then you 'aspire' to have that career.  An aspiration is a dream or ambition.  Notice the following:

  1. He never aspired to be famous.
  2. She aspires to be popular, but she has never had a lot of friends.


Well, do you think that the music should be censored in any way?

If a movie or a CD is censored, the offensive parts such as bad language or violence are removed.  CDs with bad language are sometimes censored for children.  Notice the following:

  1. Her parents would only let her listen to censored music because they didn't want her learning bad words.
  2. He was really excited to get his first rap CD and then very disappointed when he found out it was censored.


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