Mama Said Knock You Out Analysis

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Catchy lyrics and sick beats have men infatuated with hip-hop. Back in 1995 when LL Cool J’s “Mamma Said Knock You Out” came out to Lil Yatchy’s 2016 hit “1 Night“, hip-hop is still thriving. Although hip-hop is appealing to the ears and is captivating, the message that lies between the lyrics might not be. Hip-hop music overflows with toxic masculinity. For people between the ages 12 and 30, this genre is considered a lifestyle. Beginning in the 1970’s with “Rapper’s Delights” by the Sugar Hill gang to now, toxic masculinity is rising throughout hip-hop. Toxic masculinity is found all around in the media; Hip-hop is a big, well-known contributor. This issue started around the 1970’s when Rapper’s Delight by the Sugar Gang Hill hit the charts. Undoubtedly many of men (and women) heard this #2 top hit on VH1’s 100 Greatest…show more content…
Byron Hurt is the creator of the documentary “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes”. In this documentary Hurt creates valid points of how hip-hop is all about conquering and violence. An author interviewed in this documentary, Kevin Powell, says, “We live in a society where manhood is all about conquering and violence…. And what we don’t realize is that ultimately that kind of manhood ultimately kills you.” This quote is remarkably true –as well as sad. Hip-hop is based around the idea of having a lot of money, picking up and using girls, owning the nicest cars and being the hardest. This being said, being the “hardest” and not showing emotion is one of the major principals hip-hop is known for. This idea that men must be emotionless is so deeply implanted in our culture that everyone views it as a fact. According to “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beast & Rhymes”, 80% of hip-hop listeners were white men. The majority hip-hop listeners are men who are being brainwashed by lyrics such as Migos song “Bad and Boujee”

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