Black Women in the Rap Music and Hip Hop Cultures Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Black Women in the Rap Music and Hip Hop Cultures
Looks at the role black female rap music artists play in disseminating modern black feminist thought.
# 119888 | 1,660 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper first explains that black feminism as presented in the mainstream popular culture, particularly in hip hop culture and rap music, has taken on a very different appearance as compared to the academic black feminists, who had to struggle to be heard within the general second-wave feminist movement. Next, the author discuses feminism, black feminism, rap music and hip hop culture, feminism within this culture and black heterosexual relationships as reflected in this music. The paper concludes that black women have a strong voice in rap and hip hop music for advocating for the better treatment of black women by black men; however, this voice of black women is not singularly feminist and not necessarily aimed at chastising black men for their treatment of women.

Table of Contents:
Black Feminism in the United States
Feminism in Mainstream Popular Culture
Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture - A Brief History
Feminism in Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture
Black Heterosexual Relationships

From the Paper:

"One black female rap artist, Queen Latifah, stated that she prefers being seen as having a "woman-first" approach to her work, rather than being labeled as a feminist (Rose, 1994). When questioned about her choice of language, she had difficulty articulating the reason she rejected the label "feminist" but was adamant about it. Another black female rap artist whose lyrics deal extensively with problems in black heterosexual relationships, said she didn't like the label feminist but didn't really understand what it meant. However, when given a definition by Tricia Rose, she stated, "well I agree with that, I would say I'm a feminist by that definition.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chang, J. (2005). Can't stop won't stop: A history of the hip-hop generation. New York: St. Martin's Press.
  • Dyson, M. E. (1993). Reflecting Black: African American cultural criticism. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Rose, T. (1994). Black noise: Rap music and black culture in contemporary America. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press.

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