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.
The music industry is a billion dollar corporation that aims to sell its artist and the artist’s music to young America, while influencing our language, our style and our thought process. The key way to promote these artists is through music videos. Yes, radio still plays a significant role, but these days with YouTube, and the amount of Television that young America watches music videos are the driving force behind an artist and how many records they will sell. In these hip-hop music videos a common theme is seen, the African American female. And, in most cases they are seen as property and mere objects to men.
We hear it everywhere: in movies, on popular television programs and TV ads. We see its influence in the types of clothing we wear, the brands we indulge in and especially in the way many of us communicate with each other. Young people embrace it and older people seem to be intrigued by what it represents. There is no doubt that Hip Hop music has been an integral part of popular culture in America for some time. Since the mid 1980’s, it has been deemed as a way for individuals of particularly urban backgrounds to express themselves and has also been embraced by those of non-urban backgrounds.
The lyrics of a lot of rap song are so sexist, they mention hurting, beating, slapping and even killing women. And those songs are still extremely popular, not to mention their music videos. Most pop and rap music videos are labeled sexy or hot. But the truth is they are extremely sexist and graphic. If people on TV and music videos do sexist things, teens follow and do the same.
Gender roles are the most dangerous roles that society faces to this day, as there has been much controversy around men versus female dominance in households for a long time. Although there was definite male hegemony back in the 1950’s, women have eventually gained more power in modern society due to developed women’s rights in recent years. Men were once seen as the breadwinners, but now increasingly women choose their careers before starting a family and being the traditional housewife, and raising children. Women have also taken on “laddish” roles, such as young girls in gangs, and the increasing crimes committed by women. Gender roles seemed to have swapped round.
It indicates that the role of individual in social life is based on the social paradigm which constructs the action in society. Therefore, in this paper I will argue that in the album “I am… Sahsa Fierce” and the single “If I Were a Boy” Beyonce demonstrate her dissatisfaction to be a woman and her critics to male domination toward female. Thus, we can see how a song can be used to raise the gender issue in society. The first verse in this
Entertainment media has shaped American culture in many ways over the years. With the newer generations taking over the entertainment audiences the content of media is becoming controversial with the older generations. Sex and drugs are displayed more frequently in the media of today than it was thirty years ago when those trends really started becoming a wide spread part of American culture. T.V. shows, movies, and music are using sex and drugs to capture their audiences; and it works.
One cultural evolution that occurred is the increasing value of appearance and youth. The fashion, make-up, and body weight of celebrities are constantly plastered across magazine covers demonstrating it is a central theme of American life. To make matters worse the gossip industry occasionally targets teenage celebrities as well. TMZ recently reported that, “Several media outlets have claimed Cyrus has packed on a few extra pounds.” People claim that the industry’s constant derogatory articles about teenage celebrities have a harsh impact on ordinary adolescents. However, the gossip industry is merely attesting to the beliefs and values of adolescents and staying fit and attractive is one of these values.
DANCEHALL AND HIP-HOP: YOUTH PERCEPTIONS OF SEXUALITY AND VIOLENCE W Marc Jackman Background (HJ ~,. ;, -, Trim'" and Jamaica have brought the debate about the merits or demerits of hiphop and dancehall music back into the public space. A situation surrounding the performance of a top female hip-hop artist of Trinidadian heritage, Nicki Minaj (real name, Onika Tanya Maraj), created a public furor between the country's government and opposition in the Trinidad parliament (Lord 2010). The brouhaha developed over the appropriateness of a song she sang in which it was alleged that she used expletives to an audience that included minors (Douglas 20 I 0). The Parliamentary opposition also charged the govemment minister concerned with a 'misuse of public funds 'in sponso ring the event because the values communicated in the songs were not healthy in the that they promoted alcohol abuse and sexual laxity (Alexander 20 J0).
Hip hop is not just a musical genre, it is a cultural movement consisting of rapping, dance, graffiti and DJing. Of the many themes depicted in hip hop music, recurring concepts often seen relate to the diversity of people in America, gangs, violence and misogyny. The development of hip hop has been quite rapid in comparison to other musical forms; and in contrast has been inspired by a much younger generation. The following essay will discuss why the hip hop style of music has become such an important cultural indicator, and how it has shaped the American music scene. The essay will also discuss the progression of hip hop throughout the past decades as well as the positive and negative impacts that hip hop has had on society and the continual and growing influence of hip hop still to this day.