I was recently hanging out with a bunch of guys who were playing music and I started analyzing the lyrics I was hearing blasted over the speakers. Everyone was vibing with the music, without realizing the horrendous things being said about women. As the only girl in the room, I felt uncomfortable listening to rappers talking about “fucking whores over the table” and “how much of bitches their ex-girlfriends were”.
I started paying closer attention to the rap songs my friends were playing, singing, and dancing along to. It made me think, is this new wave of rap music desensitizing young boys and men from treating women properly? Or am I just being oversensitive?
I originally was going to create a satirical playlist of some of the most offensive rap songs I could find, but after reading a couple, I realized this wasn’t something I could play off as a joke. I wanted to start a conversation.
I decided the most impactful way to do this was to have women read rap lyrics from songs that are popular right now. I didn’t tell them what song they were going to read, I wanted to capture their raw emotion on camera.
I have listened to some of the artists highlighted, and in the past, completely neglected the lyrics and themes of the songs. Does this make me an anti-feminist? A hypocrite? Is it bad that Migos, who is currently one of my favorite groups, are boasting about passing girls on to their friends after fucking them?
Rap is an art form, but when is this art form taking it too far? What is being said in these songs, is disgusting, dehumanizing, and not okay.
I dare the people who argue that this music is acceptable to read the lyrics to their moms, sisters, or girlfriends.
As a generation of change-makers, let’s start a conversation. Let’s stop letting these rappers profit off of sexist and objectifying remarks. #ReevaluateRap
Special thanks to volunteers (in order of appearance) : Bibi Mcgill, Angeline Mendez, Yeamah Rainsbury, Cairan George, Maud Acheampong, and Sophia Hirrel.
Author: Lidija Jurovich
Lidija is a rising junior at the University of Maryland pursuing a degree in Marketing with a minor in Non-Profit Leadership. Growing up on the West Coast, Lidija has learned that traveling and meeting new people is one of her favorite things to do. She hopes to create her own non-profit clothing company with proceeds benefiting victims of child abuse or pursue a career in marketing for empowering and inclusive clothing or beauty companies. Currently, she is a brand ambassador for Aerie, where she works to promote body positivity and empowerment on UMD’s campus.