Coffee Rhetoric: Hip hop
Showing posts with label Hip hop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hip hop. Show all posts

March 27, 2013

On Rick Ross and his Irresponsible Endorsement of Rape & Non-Consent

Cross-post from Intersection of Madness & Reality ... 


Rick Ross is a Rapist and "You Ain't Even Know It" 

by Rippa


I'm no fan of Rick Ross at all. The one-time corrections officer turned fake drug-dealer, and now self-proclaimed "Bawse," of the hip hop industry has always rubbed me the wrong way. Yes, Rick Ross' is to hip hop what Manti Te'o's girlfriend was to him before she died: he's fake. But that's not why I'm writing about Ricky Rozay today. In fact, if anything, Rick Ross has shown us what I think to be his truest colors to date.
On the new song “U.O.E.N.O.” (you ain’t even know it) by Rocko, William Leonard Roberts II let's the ladies know in no uncertain terms. what he thinks about them. In his verse, the would-be Barry White of the rap game says “Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it, I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.”

March 11, 2013

The Intersection of Madness & Reality Cross-post: Lil Wayne, Emmett Till, & Rap's Misogyny



This post (written by Intersection of Madness & Reality contributor, Livication) was originally published February 22, 2013.



Why Lil Wayne’s Emmett Till Lyric was Also a Women’s Issue

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I love hip hop. Loving something doesn’t make it free from legitimate criticism; there is a history of certain rap/hip-hop artists maintaining a certain attitude toward women and in discussing this in my personal conversations, I’m often brought back to a chicken-egg conversation. Do artists have a responsibility to restrict their message because some of the people who receive their work may not be capable of examining and properly critiquing it? Do audience members (and whoever may be responsible for them) have a responsibility to withdraw from supporting the artists that they like when they are offensive, outrageous, and disgusting? I’d argue yes, to both.

So, yeah. Lil Wayne is featured on the remix of Future’s song “Karate Chop” — which appears to be about selling cocaine, riding in fancy cars, and generally blowing money — and yet again, he’s offended the masses. As an artist, I often wonder if certain things are untouchable; as an activist (and supposed decent human being), I know that many people abide by our social mores and the cultural understanding that we have of the difference between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ and behavior that is simply in poor taste.

And along comes Lil Wayne. Not-in-his-defense, I have found that our objections of the really awful things that he says aren’t particularly for all the right reasons. For example, the latest hubbub is based on Tunechi saying: Beat that p*ssy up, like Emmett Till.

As with anything, we should look at the lyric in it’s full context. So, Weezy’s full verse, if it provides any source of context for you, says: