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hip hop vs. america – structures of patriarchy

This clip comes again from the Black Tree TV/BET special that was produced in 2007. It expands upon the discussion of the exploitation of women in music videos to explore some of the social structural foundations upon which this exploitation is built. It features a lively debate between academics, critics, and rappers like Nelly and TI.


Is hip hop and its treatment of women a reflection of culture, or does it serve to shape culture itself? Can it be some combination of both?

What are some of the structural reasons why this type of hip hop culture is the most publicized in media? For instance, what is the influence of the music industry in promoting or not promoting certain artists?

What is the influence of the Black Church, as several of the panelists discuss?

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