Kalle Allison

Stories from Kalle Allison

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

There are many forms of entertainment for individuals to choose from, with music being one of the most popular – approximately 124 million Americans listen to online radio every month (Stutz, 2014). People use music to help regulate emotions and there is typically a song for every mood, while each artist is trying to convey something different with their music to attract listeners. Unfortunately, some of the most popular artists use suggestive lyrics that are often portrayed to an audience who may not completely comprehend the undertones of certain lyrical messages. Songs such as Ciara’s “Like a Boy” (2007), in which she expresses her contempt for being female and that life as a “boy” would be much easier – “Wish we could switch up the roles, and I could be that; tell you I love you but when you call, I never get back,” – depict an attitude towards dating culture in which men have the upper hand and women are supposed to be subservient. Other songs such as “Crack” (2 Chainz, 2012) perpetuate rape culture with lyrics including “I take ya girl and kidnap her, beat her to my mattress,” in which he suggests kidnapping another man’s girlfriend or wife and presumably forces her to have sex with him. Since these messages are widely broadcasted among radios everywhere, how do they affect the individuals listening? Are these words pushing people to act a certain way, or more specifically, conform to their gender role?  This paper will examine the arguments that hip-hop music makes a contribution to the perception of one’s gender roles and how he/she is supposed to perform such a role.