In the course of writing on something else Jay Nordlinger offers these thoughts on rap music:
...an Army officer sent me a letter on rap and other types of music. I wanted to share the final paragraph:
Incidentally, rap is also great music for soldiers. Playing loud rap right before you go outside the wire on a mission kind of puts a little confidence in you, makes you not so terrified. Makes you forget you might be about to die. That’s a precious, precious gift. Fear can cloud your judgment and get you killed. I’m for anything that helps my soldiers remain calm and stay on target.
An alternative take: if that officer is sending Country/Western boys across the wire with the threat of more blaring rap upon their return, death may not seem so unappealing.