Tom Burrell's Music Analysis

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Like actors Black people fell into the roles, placed on them by white slave owners, of Jezebels, studs, and savages. Tom Burrell’s Brainwashed Chapter 3: Sluts and Studs describe the sexual stereotypes and labels placed on Black people. The nature of some Black American’s can be traced back in history, to slavery and the deep psychological damage that was done to us as a culture. Burrell explains the idea that sex, in the eyes of Black people, is seen as a means of survival, conquest, and a ticket to getting whatever you from someone. The media and songs that people produce and listen to in this day and age do not dispute this ideal. For example Hip Hop songs like Lil Wayne’s Lollipop and Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda support the Burrell’s theory …show more content…
Sexual references and lewd lyrics sell more. Records companies support lyrics like this because this generation buys ands likes to listen to songs like this. It says a lot about the artists, especially Lil Wayne’s character because he is making music like this. I was in fifth grade when this song came out, my friends and I would sing this song loudly, without knowing the meaning. It makes me wonder what he thinks about his music because little girls walk around singing his lyrics and shaking their bodies around like it is okay.
Songs like these shed a negative light on Black people, not all Hip Hop sends a negative connotation to others about Black people. Some rappers and songs are written and produced to purposely enlighten and uplift the youth of tomorrow and people of color. J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar are perfect examples of rappers who have songs that don’t depict the Black community in a negative light. Instead of the Black community growing as actors into a new role, one of our own creation, we have stayed complacent and have unknowingly been acting in the role given to

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