Is it time to demand more from our rappers as well? We expect athletes to speak for the community, but give rappers a free pass.

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If rappers beliefs are anything like most of their songs, I don’t think we need to hear from them. Seems like most of the songs now are all the same - how much money, alcohol, drugs, and women they have 🙄 Not exactly a positive message or role model.

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I’m from the same types of hoods these rappers come from. I relate to being fatherless, idolizing drug dealers, topics of pain and poverty. Seeing my friends murdered. I identify with those stories. I wouldn’t be here without rap music. It inspired me. It motivated me. It encouraged me. Misogyny aside, rap music has been therapeutic for me. I won’t disagree with your point, just saying it’s deeper than that for me.

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Also, let’s be real Hollywood glorifies the same thing (violence, misogyny, etc.) Hard rock music is no better. We ain’t the only ones

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And why is that? Hip hop absolutely does not speak for me and those who generalize rap artists and their behaviors as representative of a whole community sounds like their problem. I’m not singling one genre of music, without including others in the conversation.

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I agree with you OP. We give rappers a free pass to perpetuate stereotypes and promote negative behavior in our community - it’s sad honestly.

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While it’s great to have Athletes and few rappers speak out, I think we should never *expect* these groups to speak for the community as you wrote OP. Black ppl are one of the few groups who have entertainers as their political spokesmen and spokeswomen and it shouldn’t be that way. Not saying they can’t have or share their political opinions but why should we as OP suggests expect entertainers to be the representative of Black communities for political, social and economic discussions?

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Maybe its that ive gotten older but ive soured tremendously on a lot of the current rap music. Nothing to do with the talent or skill but the message, so much of the messaging is celebrating the destruction of black ppl: Murder, violence, drugs, disprespecting women, irresponsible sex..I get its only music but have we under rated how influential art and artists are to our youth? Have we normalized dysfunction?

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Rap has helped the black community normalize dysfunction.

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How about you demand more from yourself?

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Gaslight much?

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American Black men are the only men who make money denigrating his own women.

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No. This is silly.

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If they could stop the misogyny, it would be great

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I was talking with my BF about this last night. I'm boycotting hip hop, and I think everyone should. Most rappers are completed garbage that are hurting our community. They need to be 86ed

I think some of our rappers are results of the communities that we all know that have been abandoned and casted aside. More than likely coming from a single parent home and being a raised in the hood, with poverty being the Understanding 100%, that they glorify all the wrong things in our communities: misogyny, colorism, homophobia, and on and on. However, I think it’s fair to say these issues have roots into the wider challenges Black people face. The larger question is how we can continue to invest in our communities to resolve these issues. However, having a major platform, they of course “should” care about they influence that they have.

Basically, celebrity rappers aren't truly representative of hip hop or the Black community.

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