April 21, 2011
You know, love, I have a bit of contention because this is quite a generalization that everyone tends to lump onto hip-hop and rap. I do agree that rap is more likely to have misogynistic, homophobic and violent lyrics than hip-hop. I would also add the use of the N word as well.
I think that the blame could lay on the fact that the American ghettos were flooded with crack cocaine in the 80s which turned neighborhoods that might've thrived as cultural centers of a city into shanty towns filled with crime, gangs, drugs, and death. Rappers started rapping about what they know- they don't know anything but, banging and drugs. Rap is extremely heterosexual male oriented and since so much relies on a rapper's rep, they have to present that they are "hardcore" by using negative language and a lot of posturing. They call other males "fags" as a put-down and call women "bitches" to establish power over them, both of these are to establish dominance and power amongst men that are taught what a man is, not by their fathers who are often absent but, by the drug lords that rule their neighborhoods. This then increases their rep on the streets and supports an endless cycle of ignorance and poverty.
However, after all this, I blame Cash Money Millionaires and yes, they were the beginning of the end for rap. Off their debut album, which was a soundtrack of the same name "Baller Blockin", their most popular radio hit was called "Project Bitch" and Lil Wayne came out from them and "wrote" a "rhyme" called Cash Money Millionaires. The first verse is this: "I got a bitch in the back, got a hoe in the front/ One's cookin' the crack, one rollin' the blunt/ You get pu$$y and a$$ from a beautiful broad/ If you lookin' for that, holla at yo boy...I'm a m-m-m-mack..."
It should be said that there are plenty of great hip-hop artists and songs to be found from the 2000s- you have early Kanye, Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Jurassic 5, De La Soul, and tons of underground hip-hop artists.
So, in closing, I think it's a combination of not having positive male role models in the inner cities, the flood of crack in inner cities, male posturing and probably most universally relatable, fantasy.
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April 22, 2011
A good many rappers were gang members so they had that mentality. Additionally, I think that rap is just an extension of the protest songs that the young were always involved with going back to the 60's.
April 21, 2011
Because that's what sells. I assume the demographic aimed for is largely male, teens and twenties, wannabe "dangerous" guys with disposable income (of whatever shaky source) and shoving it all up the nose of "respectable" people. Why few first-rate original Broadway musicals? The Beatles, Elvis...and that's what sold to the demographics. Why few sophisticated Hollywood films and just endless movies about comic book heroes and big special effects? Because that's what sells to the demographics. You can't beat the combination of young image fantasies and disposable income.
April 21, 2011
I think it's because we live in a sexist, homophobic and violent society....just look at some of the bills the right-wing idiots have been trying to pass: guns allowed on college campuses, murder investigations for miscarriages, attempts to redefine rape, etc. Actually, I'm not sure rap has gotten worse; some of it was pretty disgusting back in the early 90's, too. I'm about as anti-censorship as a person can be, but I threw away some of my kids' rap tapes because it would have been irresponsible to have allowed some of that irredeemable trash into their heads. Rap is angry and visceral. I honestly can't stand listening to it cuz it sounds like someone is trying to hit me with words. But with that visceral quality it strips away the thin veneer of civility that most would rather believe represents our society. Not that a gentler refined culture, classical arts, rational discourse and intelligence are a false representation, but there's an ugly, nasty truth just below the surface that is also "us"-- and all areas between the two extremes as well. The fact that the slavering beast is not only out of the cave, but being glorified and packaged for kids seems to me one more indication that those who would draw us out of the morass with a vision of something higher, finer, more noble, have capitulated to the lowest common denominator. My concern is that words inform how we think of ourselves and the people around us, and how we think dictates how we behave.
April 22, 2011
Because the people who write and perform rap songs are sexist, homophobic, and violent or, at the very least, that's their target demographic.