The Influence Of Rap/Hip Hop Music Essay

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It was the first time I had ever been to a party. I had just graduated high school, and did not have nor ever did have any sort of interest in going to a party. One of my fellow classmates had invited me to her party on the night of graduation, and I decided why not? I was told growing up that I would never have contact with most of my classmates after graduation ever again, so I wanted to have one last fun moment with the graduating class of 2013. I arrived at my classmate’s house around nine, and immediately was overwhelmed by the makeshift dance floor in the backyard, the loud, unfamiliar music, and the disco lights. Growing up, I had never been introduced to rap music, so I did not enjoy it as much as my fellow classmates did. It did not take long for the party to get started. Boys and girls alike started to make their way to the makeshift dance floor, immediately dancing on one another. I was absolutely taken away as girls that I had known for four years bent over and began to press their backsides up against boys, grinding on the boys as if it were an everyday activity as degrading music blared out of the speakers, as if they were not aware of the actual lyrics of the song. I was not sure what made me feel sicker to my stomach: the way the girls moved their behinds in ways that I found impossible, which I later learned was called ‘twerking’, or the misogynistic rap music that my classmates danced to. I have not been to a party since then, and I do not think I ever will go to one again. It did not take me long to understand why my parents never let me listen to rap music before: it is this misogynistic, or a hatred towards women, type of music. Rap music clearly portrays women in several, negative ways, such as reducing them to sexual objects and promoting violence against women.
One of the many negative effects of rap music is the fact that it implies that woman are merely sexual objects. Sexual objectification occurs when “a woman’s body or body parts are singled out […] and she is viewed primarily as a physical object of male sexual desire” (qtd. in Szymanski, Moffitt and Carr). This is seen over and over again in rap music. Rappers often only talk about women having big butts, breasts or wide hips, rather than talking about her as a whole. This leads to the belief that women are sexually objectified, seeing as they are only seen as mere parts that are to be of use to men and their sexual desires.
There are countless amounts of songs about women being reduced to sexual objects, but the song “Birthday Song” by Rapper 2 Chainz is one of the perfect examples. He raps, “All I Want for My Birthday is a Big Booty Hoe” (Birthday Song). In other words, Rapper 2 Chainz is saying that he wants a woman with a big behind for his birthday, and constantly restates those words throughout the entire song. This is clearly sexual objectification at its finest. He is portraying women as sexual objects through his sexual remarks (qtd....

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