Beyond Money, Cars, and Women: Examining Black Masculinity by Jasmin S. Greene

By Jasmin S. Greene

Masculinity and hip hop are issues which have been gaining extensive cognizance in recent times. besides the fact that, study has frequently been restricted to completely criticizing the hip hop stream and analyzing the tradition from a truly parochial outsiders standpoint. An in-depth examine of the connection among hip hop and black masculinity, with statement from the very males who're stricken by it, is lacking from the academia. it truly is with this suggestion that i've got written my booklet. I desire to supply a voice to those that haven't but been heard from, to check and produce to gentle the dangerous in addition to confident impacts that hip hop has on black males by way of speaking to on a daily basis black males themselves, and to teach that the hip hop phenomenon can be utilized as a superb political device for mobilizing this new release. This publication examines stereotypical definitions of black manhood and appears at how particular pictures and lyrics in hip hop advertise those stereotypes. I talk about how younger black males, usually starting to be up with no fathers, glance to the men in hip hop as position versions. I argue that hazards of hip hop are relatively affecting younger black males and that artists have to be extra aware of their impression and function within the black neighborhood. I additionally talk about many confident hip hop artists and track and that wakeful hip hop is stored underground deliberately via enterprises. i've got built-in a case research during the publication, the place I interviewed younger black males on rules of masculinity, schooling and hip hop. I finish through discussing the confident in hip hop, and through giving examples of ways it may be taken quite a bit farther, specially to attach the younger city neighborhood with politics and social wisdom.

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Perhaps signing on to become an artist, a rapper only wanted to get out a dismal situation, or create a song that people could dance to in a club. Once that contract is signed, the rapper becomes so much more than just someone to speak over a beat. Artists are extremely important in the African American community, as Hip Hop culture is a driving force behind many of our decisions and actions. Rappers must realize and accept that they are far more than just a rapper. They are teachers, role models, and leaders.

Another interviewee stated, “I look at the fashion in music videos. Sure. If Kanye West or 50 Cent has on some really fly sneakers, I try to search for them. Or, for example the whole polo dorky thing that Kanye has going for him. I admit I wasn’t really into the polo shirt thing until he made it hot. I don’t think anyone really was into it before him. But he made it cool. Now you go anywhere and see black men wearing polo’s. That’s all because of Kanye. Now he is always seen with some really futuristic looking sunglasses.

In my hip hop class at the University of California at Los Angeles in the spring quarter of 2007, we had a very special guest come visit our class. The rapper Pharoahe Monch and gun activist, Hezues R. came to speak to the class about gun violence in urban communities. Hezues R. is a New York Latino native who as a young boy ran the streets. He was involved in New York urban street life- drugs, gangs, and more. It took him getting shot three times at the age of 22 for him to realize that was not the life he wanted to lead.

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