Rape and Hip-Hop Do Not Mix

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We have to do better hip-hop – MUCH BETTER and I think this message has to come from those of us who love and represent hip-hop culture, as I do. Promoting rape in hip-hop is the bastard child of the pervasive misogyny in hip-hop culture. It’s always been there, as it has been in cultures around the world, but in the 1980’s, there was balance where you had just as many artists calling women queens and demanding respecting for women as you did the Too Live Crew types. Now things have become lopsided and the culture of respect for women within hip-hop has taken a dive into a dark, musty, dangerous place. As a parent, high school teacher and mentor, I see it in the hallways of my child’s school, the schooI I teach at, and on the Green line train as I bring my weary bones home in the evening.

Our youth drink in the music like water, their sustenance, as I did as a child and they sing it loudly as their anthems. But instead of “Fight the Power,” ala the 1980’s, I now hear an imbalance of “Off that Molly I’m sweatin, Wooh!” or inane lyrics about all of the ways that women can give sexual or visual pleasure to men by dropping “it” or sucking “it”. As if that wasn’t horrible enough, now you have Rick Ross (and other cretins) suggesting that he rapes women by “Put Molly (ecstasy drug) all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it. I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.” What?! Then he had the nerve to say in a recent radio interview that he was not promoting rape and that he’d never do that. Well, you just did, Mr. Ross. And the children are listening – to all of us. What are we really saying to them? What have we taught by example, Hip-Hop?

Reading the text messages and court trial comments of those young rapists and their allies who were involved in the Steubenville tragedy where the young girl was raped repeatedly while she was unconscious says that the societal messages they are hearing from us adults are dismal ones, not just within hip-hop, but within American culture. This is bigger than Nino Brown. It was so acceptable within that school/town culture that many blamed the young girl and tried to leave the perpetrators blameless. Hip-Hop, do we think that the youth aren’t listening and responding to the water we’re serving them? Well they are and it’s poisoning them. We have to be more responsible. This isn’t just music, this is culture. This is life with real life consequences. We have to stand up for our women, protect and raise our girls and raise and protect our young boys. We know all of the reasons why and we see the effects of not doing so. So let’s stop making excuses and STAND UP

Sign the petition at Change.org. Speak out. Raise these children right. 

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About tinafakhriddeen

Tina Fakhrid-Deen is a writer, LGBTQ family activist, and educator. She enjoys writing young adult and children's literature. She loves her family, nature, learning Spanish, hip-hop culture, and cupcakes.
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6 Responses to Rape and Hip-Hop Do Not Mix

  1. DD says:

    I was going to write about the same thing.

  2. Cheryl says:

    Yes!! People need to acknowledge that the youth consume media differently. They use it as a blueprint. I call it The Boomerang Hammertoe Effect! We have to do better!

    • I like the Boomerang Hammertoe Effect! So true. That’s where we come in as adults to help them understand those lyrics and assess them based on their personal values and beliefs. We have to help them think critically and make choices about the music they listen to.

  3. TraJo says:

    I have never understood the lack of accountability among rappers or any artist for that matter. I feel that you are accountable for every person your gift/talent/artistry reaches, but that’s going off topic somewhat. I will say that we have to instill self love and respect in our young women. They are the ones acting out what they hear and shaking their heads to the music and reciting the lyrics better than the guys do. It’s hard to instill those values, when mom and dad are listening to that kind of stuff at home. Where do we begin? Oh if only we could unite for the sake of our future generations. If we could first get women to stop buying and supporting the music…

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