Hip-hop has been accused of glorifying
violence, misogyny and homophobia, and at
the same time has been lauded for its ability
to simply “tell it like it is.”
Such controversial debates over forms of
expression can rarely be boiled down to
a simple case of wrong versus right. Instead,
they are complex and multi-layered and must
take into account the larger cultural context.
HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes goes beyond polarizing arguments to explore
hip-hop’s most contested issues. How
do limited perceptions of masculinity play
into a culture of violence? What roles do
misogyny and homophobia have in hip-hop
culture—as well as in wider mainstream
cultures? And are the media and music industries
really to blame?
Learn more by exploring the topics below.
||Some pages in this section contain sexual imagery and strong language. These are included so viewers may judge for themselves the content of these videos, and to encourage critical thinking and spark dialogue on the issues explored in HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes.