Music Has No Boundaries

Music is something that brings people together. We are seeing this now more than ever. With hip hop culture slowly transitioning into what we call pop culture, we are seeing people of different races and backgrounds come together because of similar interests musically.

More importantly, it is putting a microscope on different social issues prominent amongst different demographics. Music promotes lifestyle and culture, which makes those who have not experienced certain asband-691224_640pects of life interested. In some ways this benefits communities succeeding musically. Particular during times of struggle, having good musical representation helps provide a spokesman on behalf of the community. This person has the megaphone to draw attention to the needs of the community and rally all people from all walks of life around certain issues.

For example we are seeing this happen a lot with the violence in Chicago Illinois. While for many years it has gone unnoticed, the rise of many young artists coming from the inner city has shed light to the overwhelming happenings. In fact, it has even forced hometown resident president Barack Obama to speak on the issues consistently and deliver actionable plans. It is truly powerful how musical transcendence can impact political agenda and business endeavors. If great cause is not tied to business or profit, people tend to be less supportive. It is important to be socially conscious of community and how our own actions in business can impact others.

While a local small business is making money selling guns whether legally or illegally, young kids in the south side of Chicago use the guns to end the lives of their peers before they see high school graduation. Such things should not go unpunished whether caused directly or indirectly. It is important to get to the root of the problem. So subtly, the music has constantly reiterated that message. We must not ignore issues because they do not affect us. We must become apart of the solution or we are apart of the problem.

What you will find is that people grow guilty about knowing the lyrics and the underlying meaning to songs that express struggle but they take no action to help the problem. Subconsciously, they know they should not only appreciate the music, but feel the urge to spread the message. This is how music transcends humanity. It taps into the one constant amongst us all, which is compassion, human emotion, or the ability to feel. The ability to evoke emotion allows musicians to direct the action of the people. It forces the agenda of politicians, and gives support to community leaders.

Music, business, and politics go hand in hand. Each element tugs at the other.  However, music has no boundaries. Freedom of speech is what makes it more powerful than the rest. There are no confines as to where people can go musically, which is why the medium is so powerful.