Is Rap Music Disrespectful Towards Women?
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Here is a new updAate video for my new documentary “Niggaz Wit Attitudes ~ A Critical Analysis”. In this video I share my final word counts for all 4 NWA albums. I also speak on various topics including how NWA promoted dysfunctional Male/female relationships, sexual promiscuity, black self hate, and the extreme disrespect of black women. Strong language and themes are spoken about in this video. Viewer discretion is advised.
The purpose of my documentary is to analyze the lyrical content of N.W.A and outline the keywords and phrases that are used and to determine how people were influenced or programmed while listening to NWA. Here are the most frequently used words that are repeated the most on all 4 NWA albums:
(553) Disrespect of Black women
(198) Fuck (general use)
(193) Disrespect of black men
(93) Reference to guns
(91) Disrespect of other rappers
(88) General violence against black men
(86) Fuck (reference to sex)
(82) Negative references to black female’s bodies
(68) Ass (gen.)
(62) Suck my dick
(52) Fuck the police
(32) Ejaculation / Swallowing Cum
(31) General violence against black women
(20) Violence against the police
(11) Murder of females by NWA members
(10) Murder of Males by NWA members
(10) Police violence against black men
(7) Ass (female buttocks)
(5) Sexual Assaults
(3) Sexual assaults against women ~ (1) Gang Rape ~ (1) Oral Rape
(2) Sexual assaults against men
(2) Police violence against black women
(1) Sexual Assault against men
The Dozens is a game of spoken words between two contestants, common in Black communities of the United States, where participants insult each other until one gives up. It is customary for the Dozens to be played in front of an audience of bystanders, who encourage the participants to reply with more egregious insults to heighten the tension and, consequently, to be more interesting to watch. Among African Americans it is also known as “roasting”, “capping”, “clowning”, “ranking”, “ragging”, “sounding”, “joning”, “woofing”, “wolfing”, “sigging”, or “signifying”, while the insults themselves are known as “snaps”.
Comments in the game focus on the opposite player’s intelligence, appearance, competency, social status, financial situation, and disparaging remarks about the other player’s family members—mothers in particular (“yo′ mama…”)—are common. Commentary is often related to sexual issues, where the game is then referred to as the “Dirty Dozens”.
According to sociologist Harry Lefever and journalist John Leland, the game is almost exclusive to African Americans. Both males and females participate, but the game is more commonly played among males of varying social status.
Several theories have been put forth to explain why the game was developed. One hypothesis from 1939 suggests that the game formed as a way for African Americans to express aggression in an oppressive society that severely punished such displays against whites. Another theory from 1962 highlights how the game’s focus on one’s opponent’s mother is a reflection of the dominance of females in African-American families and how young males may feel rejected by females and react accordingly.
N.W.A (an abbreviation of Niggaz Wit Attitudes] was an American hip hop group from Compton, California that is widely considered to have been among the earliest and most significant popularizers of the gangsta rap and West Coast hip hop subgenres while also being credited by many as one of the seminal groups in the history of hip hop music. Active from 1986 to 1991, the rap group endured controversy owing to their music’s explicit lyrics that many viewed as being disrespectful of women, as well as its glorification of drugs, and crime. The group was subsequently banned from many mainstream American radio stations. In spite of this, the group has sold over 10 million units in the United States alone. The group was also known for their deep hatred of the police system, which sparked much controversy over the years.
The original lineup consisted of Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and Ice Cube. MC Ren joined in 1988, with Arabian Prince leaving the group later that same year.