Hip-Hop: only driving force for hip-hop rappers, the heavy

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes, the filmmaker, Bryon Hurst calls out hip-hop artists for presenting stereo typical rap video that were all the same. Hurst discovered this when he was young watching rap music videos on BET. Within the film it talks about how certain aspects became a part of the hip-hop culture, specifically in the African-American community, such as: sexism, exaggerated violence, misogyny, homophobia, and hyper-masculinity. Through this representation, Hurst believes that manhood for younger African-Americans can be harmful. Sadly, because of the viewers experience when watching these hip-hop videos, the message of being violent, sexually aggressive, and hyper-masculine is then presented as the culture of African-Americans when it comes to hip-hop. The images of rappers throwing money, participating in violence and gunplay, and surrounded by woman has become ingrained in all men that creates misogyny and hyper-masculinity. In an example during the film, there is a scene at the BET’s “Spring Bling” event at Daytona Beach, where the rappers are freestyling about violence, gunplay, and of course calling women derogatory words. Where there was also sexual harassment occurring to females who were attending the event. While these messages are not the only driving force for hip-hop rappers, the heavy influence of white men is present, causing rappers to cater to the audience and embody the hip-hop stereotype. As the movie continues, Hurst interviews different rappers, the most important one being with rapper Jadakiss, where Hurst questions the rapper’s lyrics that talk about violence and misogynistic. Jadakiss then responds by saying “Have you seen the movies?”, which then immediately connects hip-hop to American culture. For the stereotype of hip-hop rappers to move away from violence and misogyny, African-American men need to be the change and represent African-American people. While also understanding that the definition of manhood is skewed because of the misconceptions.