Music has an Immense Impact on today’s society. And now that hip hop Is one of the most listened to genres, hip hop artist including rappers have a venue where they can vent and show the emotions that they are feeling. According to Tia C. M. Three in the article Loving Momma ; Haiti’ on Baby Mama; Rap is an avenue used by some Black men to express a variety of emotions, feelings and Ideas; hope, frustration, anger, love and misogyny. What is being focused on is the misogynistic nature of rap songs and the way that women are looked at in these raps songs.
Misogyny in ;gangs rap” is the promotion, globalization, support, humiliation, justification, or normalization of oppressive Ideas about womanlier 2006). Many women when described In rap songs are referred to as “Pitches”, “Gold Diggers”, “Hoes”, “Sluts”, and many other derogatory terms(Women 2009). When one hears women being referred to as all of these fowl terms it poses the question as to where these rappers were given the authority to demean women In such a way. Now this is where the topic began to become much more clear.
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Instead of Just look at the misogyny within rap songs, but I wanted to look at how rappers in hip hop, mainly lack rappers talk about their mothers and in contrast their “baby mamas”. Within this content analysis paper, 26 different rap songs will be analyzed from different African- American rappers and the emotions and attitudes that they most often show will be looked at. The stereotype surrounding the baby mama with black rappers is that they are usually Just after the mans money and there is no love surrounding that relationship.
It seems like within the rap songs, the girlfriends, or baby mamas are referred to as Pitches, Sluts, and Hoes, however when the rappers especially the Black rappers begin to talk about their own mothers, It comes across that they are much more respectful and honor their mothers more. Within the Black Community, mothers are looked at as being almost secondary to God(Holler). They are seen as Black Queens, Goddesses, Angels, but usually are not referred to by using derogatory term.
Wealth this paper, there will be a content analysis on different rap songs that hold the idea of praising the mothers, and disregarding the “baby mammas”. Existing Research There is definitely a separation In how African American Rappers in society view their win mothers. And how they view the mother of their own children. Tla C. M. Three notes that in most songs when a rapper is talking about a mother it takes the form of good mother/bad mother(Women 2009). Three did a similar content analysis as I am doing and she did find that there was a clear gap between “Mother” and “Baby Mama”.
In Tree’s content analysis she sampled 24 different rap songs with ranging years, but with either the theme of Mother or Baby Mama. That was how she came upon her conclusion as to the fact that Black male rappers show adoration for their others, yet adoration is absent in the characterization of the baby mama. Christy Barongs and Gordon Nagoya of Kent University did one of the first recorded content analysis of rap songs to analyze the misogyny within African American male rap songs.
For their analysis they had 27 men listen to misogynous rap music, and 27 assaulting film vignettes, then had to chose one to show to a female confederate. 30% showed the sexual-violent vignette, and 70% showed the neutral vignette. The ones who chose the sexual-violent vignette said that there confederate was very uncomfortable and unsettled (Psychology 1995). What they were testing for is if women listened to misogynous rap music, if it would begin to have a negative on the women.
This following test was not proven 100% correct. It appeared that the difference in sexual aggressive behavior between music conditions was a function of the content of the lyrics(Psychology 1995) Within the analysis, The question of why rappers use this specific attitude towards the different attitude in their rap songs will not be answered, Rather the content of lyrics in different rap songs will analyzed to see the way rappers idealize their mothers, and disregard their baby mommas.
The localization of this confusing ideal will not be found, yet only trying to analyze what the rappers are referring to when they talk about their own mothers, and also the mother of their own children. To many it is still a very confusing ideal as to why the “Loving’ Momma and Haiti’ Baby Mama” is still a major theme, when in fact the theme does not make much sense at all. Methods Each song that is analyzed will be seeing how the rappers describe their mothers, and the mothers of their children. A word search was used on Aloha. Com in order to find songs about Mothers and baby mommas.
The words used were; Momma, Baby Momma, Hoe, Pitch, and the phrases searched were; I love my momma, F**k my baby momma, and I hate my baby momma. What is being measured is to see how many rap songs through history have favored the momma over the baby momma. The genre stuck with was mostly rap, and looked more at African American rappers. The word search is how all 26 songs were collected to be analyzed(see Appendix). What was also being searched for was the type of attitude that rappers have towards the women they were talking about.
In trying to search for a certain attitude it was much ore difficult because the attitudes can change from song to song, which makes finding the right song to fit within the analysis that is being conducted much more difficult. It is easy to find a rap song with derogatory words in it, yet in order to fit in with the idea that is being analyzed, plethora of songs were looked through in order to find the ones that fit in the analysis. 26 songs were analyzed, either pertaining to the momma or baby momma. Billboard. Mom was also used by looking at the top 50 hip-hop songs The word search was what was most helpful in finding the most songs retaining to my analysis. Really finding the results that would help the analysis was difficult but there are so many rap songs that deal with this attitude that narrowing them all down and making sure the right songs were used to analyzed was difficult. Results For the content analysis, songs about 16 Moms and 10 songs about baby mommas were analyzed. What was noticed when all 26 songs had been analyzed were that there was a definite line between the way a rappers mother and a rappers baby momma was described.
For some reason in the hip-hop genre this separation is very clear and can be seen very often. The hatred that some black hip-hop artists have for the mother of their child is almost paradoxical to the way that they are continuously complimenting their own mothers. The first main theme is disrespect. This was Black rappers seem to have for women in some of their songs is very outright and direct. It seems like women in some ways have let men get away with calling them Pitches and Hoes because women call other women that so then it almost makes it acceptable for men to call women that.
When analyzing these songs, it is easy to tell the attitude that they have towards women is very disrespectful and they do not hers the women for what they do for them, rather they feel like the women in their lives hurt them rather than benefit them. When you read all of the lyrics in the context of being under the theme “Disrespect”, you get a very clear picture of how much disrespect there are for women in hip-?hop. They are not viewed as people but rather as sexual objects, that can be used and thrown around. This is where you can see the direct irony of the momma and baby momma stereotype.
The fact that women are so degraded, yet the mothers are so praised in hip-hop and especially rap culture is astonishing to see. Song I Artist I Album I Lyrics I Chris Brown, Drake, Kenya West, Andre 3000 | 5. Deuces(Remix) I You know what you? You a pitch/ you should have a travel agent, Deuces(Remix) cause you a trip, you should make your own toilet tissue since you the sit/but all you got is some bucking issues you bucking pitch | 4. Candy Shop | 50 Cent F/ Olivia I The Massacre I I’ll take you to the candy shop/ I’ll let you lick the lollipop/ Go ahead girl don’t you stop/ Keep going till you hit the spot whoa | 1.
Pitches & Money I Master P I Getaway Clean I I love money and pitches too, the ones as sweet as honey/but when she bucks up she’s goat go I The next theme use also relates directly to the baby mommas is Hatred of a dependent. I think that many rappers have this interpretation of baby mommas using them in order to get child support, and money from them, rather than gaining a father figure for their child. What comes of this is that the rappers end up resenting the women, and animosity is built up and that’s where the derogatory terms and foul attitude towards the baby mommas is begun.
What the hatred of the dependent means is that many rappers believe that baby mommas are almost like leeches. They depend on them for money, food and housing. To the rappers, it almost feels as if they are taking care of two children instead. In the quotes listed, all of them refer to the baby momma as a regret. The baby momma have been too much work, or started playing games. Now this is not saying that every baby momma fits this status, because of course as mentioned, it is Just a stereotype and what some hip-hop artists have let become the stereotype which most people have thought is the norm.
Now a stereotype is known as a stereotype for a reason, It is what society has assumed of a certain group, which could be anything from race, Job, culture, etc. With the term baby momma, they are referring to this exact stereotype that hip-hop artists, particularly rappers have given occasionally to the mothers of their own children. It depicts them as gold-diggers, that have children with wealthy rappers in order to get the money from them through child-support. Song I Artist Album I Lyrics 8. Dirty Pitch I Ghetto’s I The Foundation I I wish I never met you ho/ I want hang you from a bucking cliff and let go, you dirty pitch | 10.
Baby Momma to the point where I want fire you/ You play the games that a child will do | 7. I Hate my Baby Mama I Crazy I My Crazy World I I hate(my baby mama)/ Don’t need(my baby mama)/ Can’t stand(my baby mama) I The next theme is one related to the mother stereotype in hip-hop society of Praising the mother. All of the lyrics were searched, “l love my momma” , and “Momma”. Within all of these lyrics, the rappers are praising their mothers for being there for them and for always loving them.
Not only though is this honoring thy mother culture Just in hip-hop music, but it is very present in African American Society and has been for ages. What I think it stems from is in African American Society, it tends o seem as if the father is out of the picture, so it becomes the mother being the sole support of the family. Then you get the child hating the father, and respecting the mother and all of the authority she holds. When I look at how this problem of rappers having almost daddy issues, it is understandable as to why the mothers get all of the honor and respect from the children.
In African American Culture as stated by Three, African Americans, and especially men hold their mothers almost as high as they hold God. In a Black mans life, his mother plays a very crucial role in creating the man that he grows up to be. Song I Artist 26. Keep Way Head Up I Tuba I And if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies that will hate the ladies, that make the babies/ And since a man can’t make one/ he has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one | 17. I Love My Momma I Snoop Dog I No Limit Top Dog I Yeah, I love my momma, through all the drama, I love my momma | 24.
My Momma I Warren G I I Want it All I I see my momma every time I take a look in the mirror/ I’m thankful she goat chance to see me shine/ My mommas in my heart and my soul and mind I The loving on momma and hating on baby momma claim that was previously analyzed prior to this content analysis were very similar. When this first analysis was done by Barongs and Nagoya, the results that they achieved from this analysis were very similar. In the ways that there was definitely a division in the raps about baby mommas and mommas.
Now in order to not be parallelizing, these are all stereotypes, and not all hip-hop artists and women succumb to this stereotype in hip-hop society. The reasons as to why this segregation of the two women figures has occurred was not discovered, but one can make up their own conclusions. What it mess like is causing the disunion, is the hatred of the dependency that the rappers have against the baby mommas, but the absolute adoration that they have for the women who raised them, Just like the children of the baby mommas will do. It is an endless cycle of having an absentee father and only a mother playing both roles in a child’s’ life.
Analyzing this specific type of rap songs has made me much more aware of this situation and how many rap songs are really about hating the baby momma and loving the momma. Within the African Worldview theory, This ideal of holding our mother higher up than other women is very common because it shows a power distance index. The sons are recognizing the power that their mothers hold and respect that. With the baby mommas low there is a low PDP because they believe to between rappers mothers and the baby mommas is very wide. The cause, is still unknown, yet the direction is very clear.