Rap and Mania

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Letter to the Editor

Sir: Psychopathology frequently borrows its context and content from current events and cultural developments. In the heyday of Star Wars, psychotic patients presented with delusions about Darth Vader; Easter annually evokes paranoid religious delusions in individuals who see themselves as Christ. The emergence of rap music has produced a small psychiatric literature on its sexual, violent style and lyrics (e.g., reference 1).

J Clin Psychiatry 1999;60(8):554-555