The Degradation of Women in Hip-Hop Music Videos and Lyrics Affect Teenagers. Discuss

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Hip-hop began in the 1970s in the south Bronx of New York and served a cathartic purpose for the black community. People could explore issues such as the eradication of racism and equality, but since Hip-hop was created, the cathartic use has been abused through the increased use of misogynistic lyrics and music videos. Artists like Ludacris, 50 Cent and Eminem portray women nothing more than “ho’s”, “bitches” and “freaks”. Nothing more than sex objects; and yet, their biggest fan base is adolescents, this is dreadful as neuroscientists have discovered that the teenage brain still undergoes the same radical development as seen in childhood . Teenagers are easily influenced through their formative years ; as they are consuming music videos …show more content…
She then worked as a waitress to fund her music. After being signed to Young Money Entertainment, Nicki Minaj has become popular in the hip-hop scene with collaborations with Usher, Ludacris and Robin Thicke and also being proclaimed as ‘the savior of female rap’ , but her music topic is the same as any other hip-hop artist. She has collaborated in songs such as Shakin’ It 4 Daddy and Lil Freak and both songs are about women degrading themselves for money and/or for sex with a celebrity; I do not understand why Minaj is being called the ‘savior of female rap’ if she represents women who would gladly demean themselves in order to get what they want. This affects female teenagers as it shows promiscuity negatively, they will feel forced to act in a licentious way and use their assets to get what they want. One of Nicki Minaj self-proclaimed nicknames is ‘Nicki Lewinsky’; she named herself that after the mistress of Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky. Minaj stated that she felt Monica Lewinsky could’ve had more power if she had been smarter in her relationship with Bill Clinton , she no longer calls herself Nicki Lewinsky as she gained many young fans and realized it was inappropriate, as her younger fans would assume infidelity is correct (there have been many rumors that she named herself as Nicki Lewinsky as Monica Lewinsky slept with Bill Clinton – President of United States of

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