You know that old movie cliché about psychos liking classical music? The two most famous examples are probably Hannibal Lecter in “Silence of the Lambs” and Alex in “A Clockwork Orange”. Well, it might be BALONEY.
A new preliminary study suggests they like RAP a lot more. New York University tested 200 people for psychopathic traits, and also had them listen to 260 songs.
And the people with the most psychopathic traits tended to enjoy rap songs . . . specifically “No Diggity” by Blackstreet and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”. The least psychopathic enjoyed “My Sharona” by The Knack and “Titanium” by Sia.
There are apparently other songs that may be even MORE predictive, but the researchers don’t want to say, because it could compromise future research.
Obviously, it’s an ethical slippery slope to try to predict whether someone could be dangerous or a criminal based on their musical taste. But these guys don’t seem to mind.
The head researcher says, quote, “The ethics of this are very hairy, but so is having a psychopath as a boss, and so is having a psychopath in any position of power.