Hip Hop And Rap Music Essay

1375 Words Dec 20th, 2016 6 Pages
Society’s views on rap and hip-hop music are often negative, despite other genres having similar social messages. One must ask themselves, why is hip hop and rap under such constant scrutiny? Authors Feagin, Vera, Batur, & Rose theorize, “From the start, the public viewed hip-hop culture and rap music through a racist lens. Rappers and rap fans were often portrayed as menacing Black adolescents, and rap music was vilified as violent and misogynistic” (qtd. in Sullivan 607). Although most people agree that modern day hip-hop and rap music have negative social effects, upon analysis, these views appear to be defective and based on bias perceptions— reinforcing racial oppression, racial stereotypes, and inequality. White culture’s drive to dominate and desire to exert power fuels its attack on Black music. White culture views rap and hip-hop with ethnocentric, and closed-minded mentalities of social status. Although it has been argued that rap and hip-hop promote undesired behaviors, it has been attacked significantly more than other genres promoting identical messages. Lyrics taken from a “Guns n’ Roses” song titled “It’s so Easy” exemplifies the same message being sent in other genres of music, “Turn around, bitch, I got a use for you. Besides, you ain’t got nothing better to do and I’m bored.” There is not much of a difference between lines like this and lyrics within rap and hip hop. Lyrics from artist Snoop Dog states, “ Cause she ain’t nuthin but a bitch to me. And…

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