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Will Mainstream Rap Ever Stop Objectifying Women?

Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.

This Week's Panel: Bun B, Lil Flip, D-Risha, Renzo, Kyle Hubbard, Doughbeezy, Brad Gilmore

Not Invited: Kanye West's affinity for corpses

This Week's Prompt: Kanye's "Monster" video was banned by MTV, apparently because some activists said it portrayed women in a negative light - not all that surprising for a rap video - and its use of sexy corpses implicitly glamorized the brutalization of women (still not that surprising). So, the question is this: Will there ever be a way to have mainstream hip-hop that does not deaden morals towards women?

Bun B: Well yes, but no one buys or supports that music on radio, video, shows or concerts more than women. Not girls... women.

Rap Round Table: So then there's really no reason to aim for that? Monetarily, we'd guess not. But is there some type of intellectual high ground we should all try to ascend to anyway, despite the fact that it might not be necessary?

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Shea Serrano