HIP Hop Culture And The Reality


October 27, 2012 by amz1ng

I have been pondering over Byron Hurts documentary, Hip Hop beyond Beats and Rhymes; I had a hard time processing what I saw and heard in his documentary. I was literally ill after watching how women were sexualized in the music videos as well as how they were being portrayed as wild sex animals, my first thought was this is extreme sexism, but reality.  I respect Byron Hurt and his will to examine issues of masculinity, sexism, violence and homophobia in regards to today’s Hip Hop cultural.

What concern me are the nature of the videos and the degrading language of women. There are young black men who idealize and want to be just like the famous rappers they see in videos that refer to  women as “Ho’s” and treat them like sex objects.  Lil Wayne, Jay Z, Dr. Dre, Ludacres, Kayne West and Eminim, to name a few, are rappers that are respected by many young black men in hip hop culture.

Snoop Dog.  Who is also known for his popular videos and rap lyrics is going through a transformation after taking a trip to Jamaica. Snoop Dogg has changed his name to Snoop Lion and is moving away from rap music to Reggae in efforts to promote a positive message- read more http://TV.yahoo.com/news/snoop-lion-talks.org

This is a start on Snoop Lion’s part, but after viewing his video, Pocket like it’s hot Inoticed women behaving in a sexualized way. What’s your opinion?



One thought on “HIP Hop Culture And The Reality

  1. yearn2kno says:

    I would like to mention that it is most certainly not just black youth who look up to these artists. In fact i would wager that percentage wise, white teens listen to those artists far more often than blacks.

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