Independent Lens: Season 8, Episode 16

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (Jan. 2006)

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A hip-hop fan addresses the art form's problems with sexism, masculinity, violence, and homophobia.


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A hip-hop fan addresses the art form's problems with sexism, masculinity, violence, and homophobia.

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"Rhymes and Beats" incredible feat
25 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film blew me away. Because of its tendencies towards disrespect for homosexuals and women, hip-hop is a type of music that I'm not a huge fan of. But the way that the director of this film was able to take something he loved and analyze it for all the things he found wrong just takes incredible strength. The interviews he has with known and aspiring rap artists and what they Don't say speaks more to why they've chosen to write such diminutive lyrics; they can't give a straight answer. He also questions hip-hop historians and anti-sexism activists who provide intriguing criticisms of the nature of this music and the problems they have with it as well.

I hope that this film is seen by every single person involved in that part of the music industry today. Heck, even if you're like me and don't particularly care for it, you gotta check out Beyond Beats and Rhymes. A great experience.

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