Gender Roles In Hip-Hop And RB Music

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Register to read the introduction… Overall, the male songs sent vulgar messages about women. In the song "Bandz a Make Her Dance" by Juicy J, the artist professes that prostitution, drugs and money define his daily life. As the name suggests, "The Thong Song" by Sisqo is about a man wanting a woman to show him her thong and gyrate her behind. "Mercy" by Kanye West" talks about adultery, drug use, and prostitution. The song that had the most exaggerated sexual theme was "Magic Stick" by 50 Cent and Lil' Kim. I can remember being a senior in high school and hearing this song with my mom in the car; it was so awkward and I was surprised that such obvious sexual references were not censored on the radio. Trey Songz hit song "Bottoms Up" refers to drinking alcohol in the club, the song also refers to drunk women as " a chicken and a goose" and the man is planning on having a threesome with these drunk women.
The songs by women had a softer tone about sex. The song "Put it down" by Brandy offers dialog of a woman challenging a man to be chivalrous, yet sexy if he wants her to fall in love with him. Nicki Minaj's song "Super Bass" eludes to the artist wanting to be with a guy that is both an entrepreneur and a bad boy; it also mentions drugs, sex and
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The Hip-Hop music of the 80's was overall more subtle in the beliefs it offered listeners, whereas music from this decade was more obvious with its references to sex, drugs and alcohol. In my opinion, the songs by men had more negative concepts about women and demonstrated that patriarchy is the norm, especially when men have the money. The songs by female artists that did refer to sex were subtle, but more likely to have empowering messages about women controlling their own

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