Poverty Porn

Published February 22, 2012 by lorijss

“Your entire culture is boiled down to greasy gut bucket jokester films, pornographic bling-rap, or poverty porn.”   – James McBride, BEING A MAID

This is basically what black American entertainment, specifically hip hop, has boiled down to in the 21st century. If you look at all these rapper and so-called hip hop artistes this is what the black entertainment industry as boiled down. Drug money, drugs, sex, money and drugs, sex, money again. There are a few rappers out there that are actually rapping about things that matter and things that can change your life around, Kid Cudi for example is one of those rappers. The reason I bring up Kid Cudi is because my Lil brother always listens to him and can relate to the lyrics in his songs. He raps about emotions and feelings to the point that you can actually understand what he is saying, feel it in your soul, because you can relate. He’s one of the few rappers out there who actually have lyrics that are sensible and if you’re not saying anything sensible why bother. All you hear is someone that’s talking nonsensical things over the beat.  Not saying anything that makes you think, I mean really think about what’s going on both inside yourself and those around you and the world. Anyway I  just wanted to jot down what the bulk of hip hop is all about these days. Lacking in anything worth listening to, lacking in depth, lacking in humanity, lacking in anything that can better your life or those around you. What I see is hip hop that has being stripped down from the poetic form that it was into manufactured controversy. Some argue that hip hop artistes reflect the realities of the lives of hip hop fans back to them but I believe that in some ways this is exaggerated. Apart of this can be argued to be manufactured controversy, if sex, drugs and violence sells then this is what will be constantly manufactured to the public.  It becomes a viscous cycle, the more sex, drugs and violence that is manufactured to  fans then the more some fans will fix their minds to sex, drugs and violence if not, one of the three. If the fans are not thinking for themselves and being responsible adults then they will allow what the hip hop industry(sex, violence…etc) has portrayed to them to dictate their everyday lives. As the entertainment attorney in the YouTube video below states, if you look at your typical hip hop music video whether it’s BET, MTV whatever all you see is a bunch of “Hoochie mamas” dancing around in the littlest thing that they can possible wear.  This is basically what black American entertainment, specifically hip hop has been stripped down to. As Carol Guess puts it “People are buying fantasy.” People are confusing fantasy with real life. Of course fans can control the ways in which they are influenced by the hip hop industry, because we all have a choice when it comes what we allow to be instilled in our minds and what doesn’t. Some fans allow themselves to be in a place of lazy and/or carnal-thinking that is comparable to that of animals, which in turn is exploited and replicated by these major record label corporations. So sex, drugs, violence, degradation…etc goes right back to the people that crave it, this is a cycle, the more they carve it the more of it they get, the more of it they get the more they crave it.  These things are things that are in my opinion, associated with people who don’t THINK, sex, drugs and violence does not require any thinking, little to no thinking. Pornography websites gets the most traffic compared to other websites that have to do with making you smarter, more aware of what is happening in the world and responsible human beings. Everyone in the music industry has to decide what kind of effect they are going to have on the industry at large instead of entering the industry like a blind bat with no direction or general purpose.

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