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Introduction to African American Studies’ Discussion Paper 8 Jenia Price April 09, 2013 Discussion Paper 8 Question: Defend or refute the following statement: “Rap music should not be supported by African American Studies specialists because too many songs degrade women and celebrate violence and other behaviors that have a negative impact on black communities. When you listen to today’s rap music it is something you would not want to play around your grandparents. Back in the late 70s rap was good music because rappers rapped about positive things in life. For example the song self-destruction by BDP, Stetsasonic, Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, Doug Fresh, Just-Ice, Heavy D, Chuck D was made to stop the violence that was happening in the world between African Americans. Those were positive rappers who wanted to have an effect on people’s lives. However in the late 90s leading up to the current day rappers, rap music has definitely changed. Rappers today only rap about women, sex, drugs, and violence. Anderson and Stewart state “Some commentators have criticized rap for its lack of traditional Eurocentric musical characteristics” (Anderson & Stewart, 316). Today’s rap music downgrades women in many different ways which has an impact on the African American community. One rapper even made a song called “Toot it and Boot it” basically saying that he can just have sex with a female and kick her to the curve like nothing is wrong. Rappers simply degrade women; they call us out our names by calling us a female dog and other discriminating words. The rap about how women are easy to sleep with and that woman will do anything when money is the subject. Rappers just think women can simply be bought and that’s how men in the African American women in their community like “If I give her some money and buy her anything she wants she’ll do everything I ask her to”.
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