By Jack Barnes
Rapper Vic Mensa joined AM to DM by BuzzFeed News today to discuss the troubling lack of accountability among abusive men in hip-hop, messages of vulnerability and self-worth in his latest album “Hooligan,” and Kanye West. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
— AM2DM by BuzzFeedNews (@AM2DM) November 16, 2018
“Hip-hop may be the site of the most intense, potent toxic masculinity. You’ve got a lot of toxic masculinity in Hollywood, for sure, obviously. I think you take those guys from behind their million dollar cars and their 77th floor penthouses – you take those guys as men – and you put them in the arena with us in hip-hop as men, nobody got no clout, no nothing, we’d be ordering them around. You’re talking about bunch of skinny white boys. And I’m speaking as a toxic man. I have a lot of things to unlearn. I think that I was raised as a toxic man. This is all I ever saw was hypermasculinity. It’s like you have to be aggressive. That’s survival.”
I think that we have the most potent brand of toxic masculinity, in hip hop. It takes so much unlearning and we all make f**king mistakes. We need to all be accountable for our mistakes, and hold each other accountable for the mistakes. As long as hip-hop has been around, think about the messages…Don’t kid yourself and think that music is sounds and words and beats. Music is entering your subconscious. When you’re sitting and listening to something, especially if you’re making positive connections and memories to something, it’s entering your subconscious and it’s going to come out in some way…I think we have it even stronger than #MeToo. It’s going to take more than #MeToo for it to touch hip-hop.” Read More!
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