“Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids act like what they see in the cinema.”
These are lyrics taken from the song, “Where Is the Love?” written by the Black Eyed Peas. These few sentences explain how the media is influencing everyone in negative ways. Children in our world or acting on to what they are seeing on the television. Although this verse provides a statement for people to agree with, in today’s society it is easier to blame the media for the problems of today, than to have to think about alternative reasons.
This music genre can be used as a medium to express important, positive messages that most people do not normally talk about. “Conscious rap”, focuses on creating awareness and passing out knowledge to others, by music. As, conscious rappers, the Black Eyed peas try to make a strong statement in “Where Is the Love?” on violence and discrimination. The group expresses topics such as racism, terrorism, war and lack of love and compassion in the world. As in the lyrics it says, “…but if you only have love for your own race, then you leave space to discriminate and to discriminate only generates hate and when you hate then you’re bound to get irate…”
Through this song, the Black Eyed Peas can convey their ideas in the lyrics and at the same time, they can express what they feel about important topics through the tone of disagreement and disappointment. The writers are not only trying to inform, but also to encourage and inspire their listeners. This makes music an ideal medium to communicate an anti-war message about what is happening in our world and to our world. These are things that need to change!
Everything that is being portrayed from, “Where Is the Love?” reflects on what is happening today by our society. The lyricists mention war, racism, terrorism, inequality and the bad influences. All of these problems are occurring in our world, today. Now, there are wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in the United States for example, there are families that are living a very wealthy life when there are families in Africa, for example, who are living a life with no money or food this represents inequality and to represent the bad influences, celebrities and models are persuading young girls to follow their examples of the way they act and the way they look.
The Black Eyed Peas use many different poetic/song lyric techniques to let their listeners know what is happening to our world. Imagery is used in the statement “Nations droppin’ bombs, chemical gasses fillin’ lungs of little ones, with ongoin’ sufferin’ as the youth die young, so ask yourself is the lovin’ really gone, so I could ask myself really what is goin’ wrong
in this world that we livin’ in…” This verse lets the listeners visualize the devastating situation of
war and wars causing deaths. The world, in which we live in, is truly a disgraceful state and excuses will not repair the damage.
When I first heard this song, it was a very long time ago. I was around nine years old. I remember listening to “Where Is the Love?” on the CD “Elephunk”. I listened to it over and over again. I loved it! I would listen to it so much that I knew it off my heart. Now, when I listen to it, I could visualize all of the horrible situations that the Black Eyed Peas are describing in the song. When I was nine I wasn’t able to interpret the fact that everything that the Black Eyed Peas are singing about in “Where Is the Love?” is actually describing what was and is happening to our world.
Hopefully someday, all of the drama in the world will finish. I hope that the destruction between one side against the other, hate and selfishness won’t exist. In the future, I prospect that our society will ask themselves, “Why do we do it?, What have we done wrong?, What are we doing to ourselves?”
We need to bring peace and love to make our world a better place!