Monday, March 19, 2012

More positive songs in Hip Hop

      Over the semester, I have focused on more "negative" views on sex, gender, and/or sexuality in hip-hop music. For this blog, I have focused on the more "positive" views.
      There are many songs that do not just focus on having sex with anyone and everyone. For example, Trey Songz has a new song on the radio called, "Sex Aint Better Than Love". The title alone takes a different view than most of hip-hop. Here are some lyrics to this song...

Sex Ain't Better Than Love
I been outchea in these streets and I done learned that
Sex Ain't Better Than Love
I dun seen it all done done it all so much better when you fall
Sex Ain't Better Than Love
Girl you've been my teacher and I've learned that
Sex Ain't Better Than Love
Sex Ain't, Sex Ain't...Sex Ain't better than love

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     Tupac Shakur also took a more "positive" view on a song. In his song, "Keep Ya Head Up", he talked about how women are being abused, raped and forced to get pregnant, left and abandoned. He says that things will get better and that women should keep their heads up. This song, in a way, gives those women experienceing those things hope for a better future. Here are some lyrics...

And since we all came from a woman
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
I think it's time to kill for our women
Time to heal our women, be real to our women
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
So will the real men get up
I know you're fed up ladies, but keep your head up

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By Toni

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