By Jasmin S. Greene

Masculinity and hip hop are themes which have been gaining extensive consciousness lately. even if, study has frequently been restricted to exclusively criticizing the hip hop flow and analyzing the tradition from a really parochial outsiders standpoint. An in-depth examine of the connection among hip hop and black masculinity, with remark from the very males who're suffering from it, is lacking from the academia. it's with this proposal that i've got written my booklet. I desire to provide a voice to those that haven't but been heard from, to envision and produce to gentle the dangerous in addition to optimistic impacts that hip hop has on black males by way of speaking to on a daily basis black males themselves, and to teach that the hip hop phenomenon can be utilized as a good political device for mobilizing this new release. This e-book examines stereotypical definitions of black manhood and appears at how particular photos and lyrics in hip hop advertise those stereotypes. I talk about how younger black males, frequently starting to be up with no fathers, glance to the men in hip hop as function versions. I argue that risks of hip hop are quite affecting younger black males and that artists have to be extra aware of their influence and position within the black neighborhood. I additionally speak about many optimistic hip hop artists and song and that awake hip hop is saved underground deliberately through firms. i've got built-in a case research during the e-book, the place I interviewed younger black males on principles of masculinity, schooling and hip hop. I finish by way of discussing the optimistic in hip hop, and through giving examples of ways it may be taken lots farther, specifically to attach the younger city neighborhood with politics and social wisdom.

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He is able to use his body for power, because it is the only space where he is allowed to be dominant. It is black male sex that is on everyone’s mind and he loves it. White women want to be with him. Black women argue they do not need him but still want him in their bed. Here, in sex, he is man again. Hooks also writes that “Equating manhood with fucking, many black men saw status and economic success as synonymous with endless sexual conquest” (hooks 2004). In other words, to become a triumphant black man one needs to be very skilled in the art of having sex.

It’s not even ridiculous. It’s sad. There literally would be hundreds of kids on line for a pair of sneakers! Man. Sneakers, or anything materialistic should never be that important” (John 2007). Another interviewee stated, “I look at the fashion in music videos. Sure. If Kanye West or 50 Cent has on some really fly sneakers, I try to search for them. Or, for example the whole polo dorky thing that Kanye has going for him. I admit I wasn’t really into the polo shirt thing until he made it hot. I don’t think anyone really was into it before him.

To be a successful rapper or athlete one really needs luck, and minimal skill for a mainstream rapper. It is all about getting lucky, getting discovered. Being in the right place at the right time. Knowing someone who knows someone. However, to become a teacher or a professor, it takes years and years of hard work and dedication. It takes an investment of money to sometimes make less money than the accumulated amount on a student loan. The cost of higher education in America is constantly rising, making it harder and harder for someone from a poor economic background to attend.

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