GAH 2184 7 April 2015 Reaction 4 Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes is a 2006 documentary that explores the issues of masculinity, violence, homophobia and sexism in hip hop music and culture through interviews with artists, academics and fans. The controversy surrounding hip-hop music has truly affected the culture and the world’s perspective of it, in turn manipulating the market value of the genre. Overall, the documentary makes sound arguments about hip-hop being a male-dominated genre as well as a money driven business. However, it also makes assertions about the value of death within the hip- hop community by stating the death of rappers is martyrdom, when really it is motivated by the media, which negatively perpetuates the culture. One thing the film mentions is that hip-hop is a man’s game. Way too often the macho stereotype drowns out the lyrical ability of the artist. The way the film words it is the music industry refines the content, confines the artists, and forces them to rap about negotiating violence.
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