Where exactly do the boundaries lie in this hip hop realm? And better yet, why hasn’t someone grabbed the white chalk to draw that line and label it “ Do Not Cross”?

The hip hop industry is known to breed artists that trigger and spark controversy, using their given platform to release untamed rants and showcase obscure antics. We get it: you’re a total badass, a rebel who overvalues the first amendment but at some point, you have to take responsibility for your words and the many people you offend while spewing obscenity-laced verbal diarrhea.

Lil Wayne and Kanye West have made headlines this past week for their lack of censorship or even more so “lack of f#*ks.” By now, we are completely un-phased by the breakdowns of Ye, but recently he took to his audience in London to publicly slander and disrespect yet another president.

If that is not enough, Wayne is moving the meter in pop culture attacking the Miami Heat. In a video that went viral recently, Weezy is boasting about being from the “streets” and sleeping with player, Chris Bosh’s wife. This misogyny comes after the disgusting line in a rap song where he compared mediocre sex to the brutal and racist killing of teenage Emmett Til.

Apparently, respect has become an aloof and foreign concept since rappers feel comfortable enough to step out and publicly slander historic figures and other peoples wives. The fact that Wayne remains silent on the controversy revolving around his headlining lyrics also propels us to believe that rappers have a propensity to speak freely yet abandon responsibility when it comes to facing the outcome.

The younger generations are parrots to these rappers, repeating their every word, and mimicking what they perceive to be “cool.” As much influence as parents have in molding a child to understand right from wrong, rappers and their music can still hold a lasting impression. It makes me yearn for the days where artists like Harry Belafonte and Marvin Gaye used their platform to encourage social change and uplift our communities; now, it appears these rappers prefer to dumb down listeners, disrespect our history and degrade women.

Should Lil Wayne and Kanye be held responsible for their words? Have the rants gone too far, Clutchettes?

-Nikki B.

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  • Hmmmm

    Lil Wayne I agree on. But Kanye? I’m not a fan but problems with what he said seemed to be more about folks love and worship for Obama.

  • Tara

    I dont care if Kanye’s mother is a PhD. Kanye is low class with money. In a couple of years he is going to be a NIGhTMARE for the Kardashians. SOME black men are usually on their best behavior with white women in the beginning and then after a while they show their ass.

    David Alan Grier stated that when he first married his white wife, he was scared to sh** but after a while he was pissing on the floor.

    I am sure that Bruce was pissed with Kanye’s rant stating that people should suck his d*** on stage, dissing the president and complaining about white people. I am sure that the family does not like it but Kim is already pregnant so that would make her look like a total fool to break up with him right now so she and the family are just taking it.

    He is a ghetto ni***. A ghetto ni*****with money but a ghetto n***** none the less. And when things are good with a ghetto n****** they are good. When things are bad with a ghetto n****** they are bad. Add to that he is mentally unnstable and everyone knows that. And the type of folks that the Kardashians are…It aint gonna end pretty and he will write a song about it. Im not sure Kim knows what she has gotten herself into.

  • simplyme

    The culture of hip hop music is sickening to me. I’m so thankful I had over protective parents. As the overly impressionable Black girl I was growing up, I don’t know what kind of person I’d be if I regularly listened to this stuff while trying to identify my place in the world. I started listening to hip hop in college and safely concluded that most rappers seem to be doing their best to be the antithesis of basic human civility and morality. When I meet a guy whose primary musical genre of interest is anything other than rap he’s automatically at least a 7 out of 10. I just wish the public would stop trying to hold rappers “responsible” for their words/actions and just allow them to be completely irrelevant.

    • TX

      LOL you are such a pretentious fool. Rap isn’t for everyone, but your eagerness to bash it is ignorance at it’s finest. Rappers, in this day and age, will never be irrelevant. Just because you wish that upon them doesn’t mean that the millions of fans out there are going to agree with you. You are entitled to your own opinion and that’s all good and fine, but to bash something just because it isn’t your cup of tea is just asinine.