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Garrett Edell 10/25/07 Hip-Hop: Behind Beats and Rhymes Critique Hip-Hop: Behind Beats and Rhymes, a documentary by Byron Hurt, is a film that reveals to some and confirms for others how the music genre of rap promotes hyper masculinity, violence against others and the objectification of women. It is startling to see when rappers, that so many people look up to, fail to answer or walk away from questions like “Would a gay rapper ever make it in the business?” or “How do you explain the fact that rap lyrics seem to promote and glorify violence?” The artists themselves cannot deal with the fact that there music encourages these behaviors and that the only reason they continue raping about these subjects is to keep the money flowing. We need more examples, like Byron Hurt’s documentary, to show people the harm the common genres of Rap music inflict on society. Byron Hurt provides many examples of how rappers have to continually prove how masculine they are.
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