A leading hit-hop spokesman (I refuse to call them artists) has come out with the idea that since hip-hop is not 100% responsible for the miserably misogynist lyrics and their affect on the attituded of young men in this country, that they don't have to do anything to clean up their part of it.
Nobody and nothing is 100% responsible for much of anything. If you have even 1% responsibility for something as negative as the rampant misognyny among young men (and many older ones as well) then it's incumbent upon you to fix that 1%. The image of women in hip-hop lyrics is dreadful. They are nothing but sex objects and the disrepect, even loathing of these people as women is sort of sad since it represents some really deeply seated insecurities on the part of the males holding the attitudes. It's as if they need someone to feel superior to, so they dehumanize their own sisters, wives, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and girlfriends to the point they become simply necessary objects. Even sadder to me is that this negativity directed toward young women seems to be transferring to women who are seeing themselves as objects rather than people. This is an extremely destructive self-image at a time when young women's self esteem is the most vulnerable.
This young man I heard speaking may be right that hip-hop is not the sole purveyor of this negativity and disrespect toward women, but it represents a huge influence on a very easily impressed segment of the population, and the attitude will almost certainly carry over long after these young men grow up and abandon hip-hop and its whole glorification of pimps and gangsters. I firmly believe that parents need to get a handle on this when their children are young, and that the young people themselves need to rid themselves of such negativity. This seems to be happening to a small extent, since hip-hop music revenues are off by an estimated 30% this year. Perhaps that alone would be a wake up call to this group of people who are exploiting young and impressionable young men with their garbage.