Today I got on iTunes and immediately went to the store to go look at the top music purchased. The No. 1 most popular song is “Starboy” (feat. Daft Punk) by The Weeknd and the second most popular song as of now is “Black Beatles” (feat. Gucci Mane) by Rae Sremmurd; both of which have tiny red “E” letters next to the names, classifying them as “Explicit.”

Why is this happening? How is something that says the f- word and the n- word at top in the world? Or a song that is No. 2 on the charts saying “smoke in the air, binge drinking” and then referring to women as “b******?”

I do not understand one bit how any of this acceptable in today’s society, yet people can’t get enough of it. Let’s take this one song at a time, starting with No. 2. “Black Beatles.”

Ittalks about how girls rave about the artist because he has a lot of money. It also refers to him at strip clubs and that smoking and drinking a lot is great thing to do.

This is just the first part of the song and yet, it is already repulsive. The No. 1 seller on iTunes, “Starboy,”talks about his woman doing drugs in house off expensive furniture and then states, “I switch up my cup, I kill the pain,” expressing his love for drugs that numbs him.

I just would love for someone to explain to me how songs with lyrics like these get a number one and a number two spot on most popular. Somebody needs to help society get back on track and not have these disgusting words engrave themselves into the minds of today’s adolescents.

Thank you,

William Walstad

Junior, Sports Management and Communication

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