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Hip-hop can help mental illness






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Doctors at the famous Cambridge University think that hip-hop can help depressed and mentally ill people. They say with 'hip-hop therapy,' many of the words to the songs hip-hop can reach out to people with emotional problems. A team of doctors wrote a report about this in a special medical magazine. The doctors said a lot of hip-hop music speaks of getting over hardships and big difficulties in life. In particular, hip-hop talks about being poor, being unpopular, and about crime and drugs. These are all problems that can lead to depression and mental illnesses.

The report on hip-hop and mental health says hip-hop artists use their talents to describe their world and be free. There's often a message of hope in the lyrics. They describe how they want to be - the cars they want, the people they want to date. The doctors chose five hip-hop songs for the therapy. One is a classic 1982 tune by Grandmaster Flash. Another is a track called 'Juicy' by The Notorious BIG. This tells people they can be successful even if others say they cannot. BIG explains how teachers said he would be nothing, but then he became a superstar.

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