Black Masculinity And The Hip Hop Culture

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In the predominantly patriarchal history of the world masculinity and what it means to be a man have differed from culture to culture. When it comes to African American history and culture, particularly what it has meant to be a man has no clear set of universal rules or guidelines. There are a few different sources such as hip hop and television many young black men across America draw their sense of masculinity from. On the other hand, there are role models in black communities that many young black men also draw their sense of masculinity from. With so many different sources to draw a sense of what it means to be a black man in today’s society from what is the true definition of black masculinity.
In black media today the hip hop culture is often referred to when defining what it means to be a black person in society. In particular the hip hop culture is where many young black men pull both positive and negative aspects of black masculinity. Many mainstream hip hop songs often create a common misogyny by objectifying and stereotyping women. An example of this can be heard in the song Nasty Girl by The Notorious B.I.G. where he states:
“Conversate. Sex on the first date.
I state, ‘You know what you do to me?’
She starts off, ‘Well I don’t usually.’
Then I, whip it out, rubber no doubt.
Step out, show me what you all about.
Fingers in your mouth, open up your blouse, pull your G-string down South. Aoowww.” — “Nasty Girl,” The Notorious B.I.G.
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