Correspondent: Big Juice MG Media
Since hip-hop emerged from the South Bronx in the 1970s, it has become an international, multi-billion-dollar phenomenon. It has grown to encompass more than just rap music—hip-hop has created a culture than incorporates ethnicity, art, politics, fashion, technology and urban life.
While keeping much of its original fan base, hip-hop music and culture have become popular among mainstream consumers—particularly suburban youth. Some believe that as commercial and “gangsta” rap emerged, so did lyrics that glorify drugs, violence and misogyny. Many artists who choose, instead, to feature socially conscious and politically oriented lyrics are considered alternative or underground.
“[The Spelman student protesters] were saying that some of my videos were degrading towards women, which is a controversy because I don’t really see it like that. As far as what we did, we got adult women, we went to the clubs. I’ve been to adult dance clubs. We portrayed what some would consider a bachelor party. Every guy wants to go to ’em. I didn’t see it as degrading. “The criticism I would give is that there’s room for more love in the music. And there’s room for better treatment of women in the music." - Nelly