Listening to many rap/hip hop songs or watching their music videos, the degradation of woman is obvious. It is clear that the women in these videos are there to entertain the rapper and their friends. Take for example a popular song at the moment Waka Flocka’s song “No Hands”. The whole song is pretty much about watching girls dance and throwing money at them for it. The chorus goes like this;
Girl the way you movin’ got me in a trans
Dj turn me up ladies this yo jam (Come on)
Imma sip mascato and you gon’ loose them pants
And Imma throw this money while you do it with no hands
Girl drop it to the floor I love the way yo booty go
All I wanna do is sit back and watch you move and I’ll proceed to throw this cash
Most of this is not even proper English, and the lyrics get more offensive as the song goes on. Lyrics like this send the message that women are nothing more than sexual objects, and it is okay for men to treat them that way.
The music video is not any better, with Waka Flocka and his friends rapping and drinking alcohol while scantily clad women dance around at a party. This is not an uncommon type of music video for rappers: fully clothed rappers and women with hardly any clothing on. Other videos feature barely dressed women moving their back sides up against a males’ groin area while the rapper is saying things like ‘bitch’ and ‘ho’ repeatedly.
I feel that most people listen to this music because of the catchy beat, and not for the lyrical content because I don’t think that there is any other explanation for liking music like this. Most of these songs are not relatable to the many teenagers and young adults that listen to it. The lyrics consist mostly of expensive cars, having lots of money, and violent and offensive acts directed at women or law enforcement.
The violent and offensive lyrics in rap music are something that a lot of people are aware of, but it is continually played on the radio and found on the top of music charts. It is a shame that this type of music gets the attention that it does when there are so many great artists that have talent and a message or purpose for their music, but do not get recognition or heard from by a larger audience.