*Some might say the majority of society has always been against the glorious movement of Hip-Hop, saying it promotes violence, the use of drugs, and hyper-sexuality. A recent report from NPR says that it might be true.
Darlene, a former prostitute in Oakland, shared that her entrance into the game started with her inspiration from rap at the young age of 15.
Captivated by the glam, money, and “good life” portrayed in rap, she felt she needed to have it all.
“A lot of it is glorified,” Darlene explained. “Oh, you’re from Oakland. Everybody has dreads; everybody goes dumb; we pop pills, smoke a lot of weed; parties, sideshows and hos.”
She wanted to be a part of that world. She wanted a man to be like the rappers in the industry.
“I used to fantasize about boys that are gangstas. ‘Oh, they get hecka money and they’re just gangsta and cute, and it’s cool,'” Darlene continued. “That’s OK when you’re in high school. After that, what are you gonna do with your life? You’re gonna be in jail or you’re gonna be dead, and I don’t want part of either one of those.”
In the audio version of the story excerpts of Too $hort songs are played to familiarize listeners with Shorty the Pimp’s glorification of the pimp lifestyle and frequently misogynistic lyrics. ‘I Wanna Pimp You Hoe,’ ‘What’s a Pimp?’ ‘Pimp Life,’ ‘Pimpin Forever’ and ‘B—-, I’m a Pimp,’ are several examples of the Oakland rapper’s songs which glorify pimping and prostitution.
Who says music doesn’t influence young minds?