(Memphis) A rap song hitting the airwaves in Memphis gives the city a bad rep, and it also exposes your children to a culture of violence that could land them at the morgue or 201 poplar.
City leaders fear children are being inundated with violent songs and images of our culture and that’s creating a dangerous new normal.
“M.E.M.P.H.I.S I’ve held it down I run this town,” raps Frayser native Lil Wyte.
M.E.M.P.H.I.S. the song is getting a lot of on air play.
It claims the city is so violent, if you come here you need to bring a gun.
Wyte raps, ‘If I could give you a tourist tip I hope you brought a gun in this (explicit).”
The song also says a Memphian will take what he wants whether, it’s your wife or your life.
“If you listen to the same thing over and over and over that`s mad and anger you’re going to get that basically,” said counselor Eric Cassius.
Cassius is a counselor and says it’s no shock songs like this, glorifying violence, are de-sensitizing people and make a violent lifestyle seem normal.
“More and more we are numbing ourselves to things in life and I think what you see on what you see on TV isn`t the same thing you saw on TV twenty years ago,” said Cassius.
Director of CimeStoppers Buddy Champman says songs like this create a culture of violence and encourage children to bring guns to school on a regular basis.
The people at CrimeStoppers realize children are being constantly bombarded by violence.
So they have set up a program called Trust Pays at schools where students can go to their teachers or an adult and let them know if one of their friends either has a gun or has had contact with a gun.
“We`ve gotten a hundred and twenty-four guns out of the school system. Of that 124, 25 were in elementary schools,” said Chapman.
Cassius says it`s best for adults and children alike to make a conscious choice of limiting the amount of violence you expose yourself to, or you risk de-sensitizing yourself to crime.