90's Rap Music

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Many people have heard the 90’s hip hop song It Takes Two by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock. The flow is smooth and silky, the bass thumps, the beat’s funky and original and most importantly the hook is catchy. Few have listened to it though. There is a minor but distinct difference between listening and hearing. In this case, listening is purposefully paying attention and interpreting what is being said and the message being sent, while hearing is listening to the song without any intentional effort. At first glance the classic hook “It takes two to make a thing go right, it takes two to make it outta sight.” gives the impression that Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock believe that a women are a mans partner and equal. This can be further from what Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock were really saying. Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock objectify women and present them as inferior to men throughout the song and music video. The song opens with a deep voice proclaiming that, “You are about to be possessed by the sounds of emcee Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock” then in the video, it cuts to the two artists leading a group, who is composed primarily of women. The word “possessed” is deliberately used as it demonstrates complete and utter control of the helpless individual, who in this case happens to be…show more content…
They exclaim that, “Ladies love me, girls adore me. I mean even the ones who never saw me”. During this scene in the music video, Rob Base is seen in a vehicle kissing and laughing with several women. There are also several women outside the window watching and waiting their turn. The moguls employ their authority to use women at their pleasure and brag about it. These statements feed into the hip hop culture that Rob Base and DJ E-Z rock helped create. The belittling of women in rap is a common narrative that was started in the late 80’s, early 90’s and has been a reoccurring theme through rap
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