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Is Hip Hop Dead: Why Is Degradation Of Women (Particularly African American Women) A Theme In The Rap Music Industry?

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It seems that our American culture has always had a problem with misogyny in the rap music industry. But is our culture, introducing a new level of misogyny? Where rappers objectify and reduce women in a more unsettling and brutal way. Are rappers taking the once positive music pass the limit? Recently, in the past few months, rappers have released new singles about raping women and mishandling them. It seems that Rick Ross has created a fairly amount of date rape songs- towards women, (i.e. u.o.e.n.o. gun play, and Sanctified). Although, rap is a way for rappers to express their daily struggles and say whatever they want; (due to the first amendment, which is having the freedom of speech,) ...view middle of the document...

There are two types of rap; old-school rap and new-school rap. Old-school rap was between 1970’s through the 1990’s. Robert Moses was a powerful man in the 1960’s. Moses was never elected for public office. He wanted to rebuild New York into his own creation. He showed little concern for people living in the slums. Robert destroyed the people’s community in order to build highways. He wrecked the cross Bronx, which made African Americans angry. This resulted, in the creation of the first outrage and aggressive rap songs. Gangsta rap emerged in the 1990’s. This type of rap had violent angry lyrics and a faster beat. This was a response to the violence happening in the Cross, Bronx (i.e. fires, riots, poverty, destroying homes etc.)
As you can see rap music started off as a positive movement. But, as the hostility in the inner cities of America started to increase, people were affected by it and started creating harsh rap music, people were looking for something to blame- which was the rap music industry.
Now-a-days music seems to be degrading women in various ways. Women are not shown as strong independent leaders instead, they are portrayed as sex objects. Women have always been set at a lower standard and as far as history goes, women have not done anything to stop this-until now. The more we hear rappers call women b----es and h-‘s the more, women, over time start to accept and believe these lies. Rappers are basically, manipulating women into believing that it’s okay to be called a b----.
The rap music industry is not a problem. The problem in this situation isn’t the fact that we are seeing these horrible lyrics degrading women- not the problem is that this is the only thing we are seeing in our society today. Our society has created a mirror of a women, and in this mirror the women is not portrayed as the independent strong leader; it’s portrayed as degrading and stripper-like. All of this degrading women in rappers’ music videos as well as in lyrics isn’t about hurting women but, instead it’s about the consumers wanting to listen to this and buying it. Record label only have one thing in mind and that is selling their product, they don’t care who they hurt in the process.

Annotated Bibliography:
Arce, Ross. “Hip-hop portrayal of women protested: movement grows into national ‘take back the music’ campaign”. CNN. CNN.com Cable news network LP, 2005. Web. 02 April 2014.
Asha Jennings a twenty-one year-old, a college student from Atlanta Georgia went to a party to confront college party-goers about the hip-hop music they listen to and how it portrays African American women. Jennings goal was to share the misogyny and the images the hip-hop industry create to illustrate black women. She wants people to realize that these lyrics and images (-music videos) are cruel towards women. Jennings’s theory is that the more we call women b----es, h-s, and sluts the more likely women will start believing it. Since rap artist use degrading terms...

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