Rap has (and continues to) degrade and objectify women. Millions of men and women are bobbing their heads to the beats of these songs. What they fail to realize is the self-hate that is being beaten into the minds of women and young girls across the globe.
The sub-human messages about women are set to a catchy beat that women have been forced to walk to for hundreds of years.
Women are made to believe that they are no more than their bodies and that they are more of an object or symbol than a human being. There isn’t a place you can go without seeing a woman’s body displayed or described in an objectifying or sexual way, something the rap world is all too accustomed to.
On Billboard’s current list of the top released rap songs in the nation, you will see “679” by Fetty Wap, “This Could Be Us” by Rae Sremmurd, and “I Don’t Like It, I Love It” by Flo Rida ft. Robin Thicke and Verdine White among others in the top-20.
Fetty Wap’s song “679” begins with, “Baby girl, you’re so damn fine though/I’m tryna know if I could hit it from behind though.”
In “This Could Be Us,” by Rae Sremmurd, like Wap he makes it clear the goals set for the women he’s rapping about with the line “Sex on the beach and in the backseat. This could be us.”
Last, but definitely not least, Flo Rida’s “I Don’t Like It, I Love It” entails a rather graphic line, “Feel the base, let ya booty go. I wanna get inside it.”
I must admit, it feels awkward typing these lyrics, but these are the words our minds are digesting whenever we turn on the radio. These messages are tapped into our heads subliminally through a catchy tune and a bopping bass. Rap songs like these aren’t out of the ordinary either.
The rap world, for the most part, shows no kindness to women, and if anything, confuses them. Rappers will bash women for being promiscuous, and in the very same song ask for a sexual favor.
Song after song after song will talk about women being hoes and then the same artists will brag about their material gains as being a reason why women should have sex with them.
With social media on the rise, and no sign of slowing down, it is easy to see that our young women are not immune to the messages these songs are sending. Instagram pages, Facebook accounts and Snapchats are filled with underage girls flaunting themselves in a sexual manner. Some of these revealing pictures are posted with the lyrics of the rap songs that inspired it.
A man wanting to get to know you for the human being you are is the message they should be spreading, but you must first be seen as a human being for that to happen. Rap songs like the ones listed above only set women further and further into the sub-human category that they’ve been trying to break out of for hundreds of years. Different centuries, same issues.