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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Hip Hop Beef: The RAND Corporation vs Ja Rule

posted by on November 6 at 13:35 PM

From the New York Times (emphasis added):

Questions remain about whether hip-hop’s explicit lyrics encourage early sex. Last year, the journal Pediatrics published research from the RAND Corporation concluding that degrading lyrics, not sexual lyrics, were the problem.

The researchers defined degrading lyrics as those that portrayed women as sexual objects, men as insatiable and sex as inconsequential. One example they cited was from the rapper Ja Rule, whose song “Livin’ It Up” includes the lyrics “Half the ho’s hate me, half them love me.” Notably, lyrics that celebrated sex, like those crooned by the band 98 Degrees — “I’m dreamin’ day and night of making love” — had no effect on sexual behavior, the study found.

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"...degrading lyrics, not sexual lyrics, were the problem."

Posted by ks | November 6, 2007 2:50 PM

at least ja rule's 'livin' it up' teaches about fractions. half the hoes + half them = all hoes. totally beneficial for the kids.

Posted by cosby | November 6, 2007 3:30 PM

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