Has Hip Hop Changed Its Tune? Analyzing the Stereotypes Adolescent African American Girls are Hearing and Seeing in Hip Hop Music and Videos
Glenn, Leddy G.
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This study sought to decipher the difference in women’s images between Hip Hop music videos of 2007 and 2011. Four songs were chosen, two by Beyonce Knowles and two by Gym Class Heroes. These artists were popular in 2007 and are popular today. All four of the performances will be described, a critical analysis will be performed and the findings will be provided. This analysis will answer the questions: Has Hip Hop changed its tune? Are adolescent African American girls today hearing and seeing the same stereotypes in the vast sea of music and videos, or are they being exposed to a more mature, socially conscious set of lyrics? The findings of this study showed that the backdrop to the videos changed from 2007 to 2011, but the representation of women did not. Unfortunately, African American women are visible only in roles that neither fulfill them nor encourage loving relationships.