Hip hop was birthed in the 1970s, so it's now about 40+ years old. Gangsta rap was birthed circa 1990 so it's about 20. Now, in 2017 the men who influenced, nurtured and cultivated modern hip hop are in their 30s, 40s and 50s.

And many of them now have young or coming of age daughters. 

As I've said in a previous post, daughters are a trifling man's karma. You are forced to grow up and watch her go through all of the things you put somebody else's daughter through 10-15 years ago.

When I say "hip hop influencers" I'm talking about the rappers and producers as well as the DJs who regularly have spun records that are composed of ignorant misogynist garbage. I'm talking about radio hosts who promote garbage hip hop artists to this day. I'm talking about the female hip hop and R&B artists who run behind rappers promoting and supporting everything they say (well, he ain't talking about me!). Yea whatever you say "sista."

I don't doubt that even Tupac Shakur, who has a biopic coming out soon, would today regret some of the messaging today and how it would effect his daughter if he had one.

A lot of male influencers think that because 20 years have passed, they can just sweep all their garbage under the rug and raise their daughters to be saints. But the truth of the matter is that pile of garbage is too high and wide to hide with a carpet. Your little daughters have already lifted up the corner and taken a peek.

Not Much You Can Do About It At This Point 
Hip hop influencer: your daughters will likely be negatively influenced by the culture you helped build and there's nothing you can really do about it. You can threaten every guy she ever dates, tell her to love herself, buy her the best of everything...

But she will probably still look up to women like Amber Rose, Kim Kardashian and reality stars for examples of how to conduct their lives. She will still let it slide when a man calls her a bitch or ho because "love" (like her daddy showed women). She may still make excuses for being someone's "side chick."  She will still most likely look for a man who is just like her daddy was: a player, a user, a "baller," a person of low morals.

And please don't get mad at women like Amber Rose (I can as a womanist 15 years strong but you can't). Why? Because you, influencer, paved the way for women like Amber Rose, Kim Kardashian and Chyna Black to be celebrated by pop culture. You helped to put them on the pedestal they're on. The same way you worship Jay Z and Biggie Smalls is the same way young girls like your daughters worship their new "idols."

Yes, loving your daughters and loving their mothers is the best course of action despite your past actions. But let's not act like your support of the negative aspects of hip hop has been erased somehow by time. It's still negatively affecting the youth today. Please take steps to promote more positive music that feeds love, life and hope into the youth going forward -- both girls and boys. 

And please stop promoting and permitting ignorance and misogyny in the name of hip hop. Stop it now so that the future generation of black girls and boys have a fighting chance.

CBL


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