The music that people listen to has a huge impact on their lives, whether they realize it or not. The messages within the music carry meaning and that meaning can serve as an inspiration to the listener’s life. This could be a beneficial thing, as many songs are made simply to uplift build the confidence of people. On the contrary, this could be used as a negative tool.
Whether intentional or not, many artists use negative words towards people, specifically women. In certain genres, rap being a prominent one, women are often referred to as explicit words and treated like objects. One specific example of this is in Future’s My Collection, where he says, “Even if I hit you once, you’re apart of my collection.” This basically means that as soon as he has relations with a girl once, she belongs to his collection, sort of like a trophy. Women are not trophies and should not be treated as such. This song is an example of mere inequality.
Another form of misogyny within music is the promotion of abuse in music. Recently, Rick Ross was cut off of his deal with Reebok for a lyric. In Rocko’s U.E.N.O, Rick Ross 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.” Rick Ross is a well-known & well-respected artist, or at least he was before that lyric. Since the quote went viral, most radio versions of the song cut Ross completely out and he has been cut out of many opportunities. This should be the case though, because admitting and promoting rape should never be okay, no matter what context.
As we listen to music, we should be careful of who to support and who not to support. The lyrics that people recite most likely reflect their lifestyles, and as we listen to their songs we are just providing them with more money. Morally, it isn’t right.
Photo Caption: Rick Ross before his deal with Reebok was canceled.
Photo Credit: TMZ