Overt misogyny in rap music emerged in the late 1980s, and has then been a feature of the music of numerous Hip-Hop artists. Ice Cube used to call women bitches because they acted like one, he received a lot of backlash. Modern views and changes in the culture have driven Hip-Hop in a new direction. Our culture has grown accustomed to hearing songs that contain profanity and ones that have no respect for women. Degrading can be defined as lowering the character of quality of someone or something.
There have been innumerable accounts when teens dedicate their lives to life like the artist portrayed on TV. In today’s music, women have been falsely labeled and stereotyped as promiscuous and inferior to men. Rappers do not realize the extent to which their music is affecting the younger generation. Every generation goes through a music era that openly expresses, what to feel, how to speak, act, even what to wear. Hip Hop has been trend setting and has guided our culture over the last couple of decades.
Even the women show in Hip Hop music videos have an influence on the younger generation. Those women are setting an example that Its okay to dress provocatively, for men to throw money at them and accept name calling. It encourages little girls to become video vixens. Hip Hop has misled women into believing they are worthless. Women have been treated as accessories, being displayed as new found, shining bling to rappers. In a song Trey Songz mentioned “I want the money, money and the cars, cars and the clothes, the hoes.
” He wants to follow artists path, so he can become as famous as them and have the finer things. Women are affected by Hip Hop because of direct message being spoken about them. Hip Hop has made it okay to talk about women with such disgraceful terms such as “bitches” and “hoes”. Some Rappers categorize women by color and size, typically showing them half naked. Over the duration of time, women have lowered their standards because of derogatory terms spoken in today’s music.
In Tupac’s Wonda why they call you, he talks about how women are now becoming dependent on men, instead of going out and getting an education or finding a job, they are having sex for money. Rappers talk about rape and kidnapping as if they don’t have mothers themselves. For example, in one of Rick Ross songs he said “Put a molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it” the lyrics seem to be backing the idea of date rape, basically saying that slipping a woman a drug and taking her home without her knowledge is acceptable.
In 2004, rapper Nelly planned to visit Spelman for a charity event enlisting students for a bone marrow registry. A feud erupted over images of women in Nelly’s “Tip Drill” video. Students criticized the negative portrayal and sexual objectification of African American women in videos, which also shows men throwing money between women’s legs and women stimulating sexual acts with each other. “Black entertainers hace become the new myth makers, showing gangsters and bikini-clad women with hyperactive libidos,” said Zenobia Hikes, vice president for student affairs.
Student activists at Spelman College protested over his video which led the artists to cancel his scheduled appearance. Hip Hop is the dominant youth culture in the world right now. Old school Hip Hop was like poetry. For instance, Public Enemy mentioned “understand it takes a woman to make a stronger man. ” Now music has evolved to “bitches aint shit but hoes and tricks” by Snoop Dogg. Hip Hop is definitely not what it used to be which is creative, original music.