C.S.C – Civics
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
A) misogyny – This means hatred or dislike of women.
B) sexism – The belief that gender differences exist and that one gender is better than the other.
C) objectification of women – The act of seeing women as objects to be used, rather than human beings. Slaves were objectified and dehumanized
D) hyper-masculinity – Super Manliness – taking ‘male’ features to the extreme
E) homophobia – fear of gays or hatred of gays
F) hedonism – a belief that carnal pleasure is the only goal in life
G) materialism – a belief that material wealth will provide happiness
H) stereotype – judging an individual based on the social groups to which they belong
I) caricature – to overemphasize true realities
J) commodify – to turn something into a product that can be bought and sold
2) What social problem was identified in the film? In other words, what was the main argument in the film? (10 points)
Most mainstream hip-hop music today promotes harmful stereotypes but it has not always been this way.
3) Identify 3-5 devices (methods) the filmmaker used to illustrate the problem in the film?
mainstream music videos
video of young rappers
video of black youth during Spring Break
interviews of established Rap artists
interviews of aspiring Rap artists
interviews of white youth
interviews of record executives
interviews of television executives (B.E.T.)
interviews of academics and professionals in the field
interviews of black females
showed clips of Hollywood movies, TV shows and other aspects of the larger culture that promote negative stereotypes
4) According to the film, what were the main causes of the problem?
“hip-hop is in a box” Major record companies will only give record deals to rap artists that fit in a particular “box”, because they feel this music will sell the most records.
Some record executives may be racist. Possible evidence – most women objectified in hip-hop music are black women. White record executives may not like the image of black men objectifying white women. Or are record executives concerned about alienating their white audience? What about black gangsters committing violence against white gangsters? What about black rappers speaking out against the capitalist system or commercialism?
black rappers who promote harmful stereotypes
white American youth who purchase hip-hop music that promotes harmful stereotypes
black American youth – men and women who mimic what they see in hip-hop videos
politicians who allowed media monopolies to develop
voters who vote for politicians that favor deregulation of the media industry
5) In your opinion, what are 2-3 best solutions to this problem?
Your educated opinion….