“The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman, the most unprotected person in America is the Black woman, the most neglected person in America is the Black woman.”Malcolm X

When the laser sharp backlash finally grew too intense to ignore, Reebok severed ties with spokesperson Rick Ross for his failure to sincerely apologize for glorifying rape in the song “U.O.E.N.O.”

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the fraternal twins of misogyny and violence are as necessary to corporate Hip-Hop’s survival as Black men are to the Prison Industrial Complex – and it didn’t take long for Chicago rapper Chief Keef to grab the baton from Ross to ensure that it lived to see another day.

Conveniently leaking the lyrics to his latest song, “You,” at the height of the Ross controversy – no doubt to prove that he’s “hard” and not intimidated by feminist wrath – Chief Keef, born Keith Cozart, spit the following bars:

Chief Keef Twitter

My first instinct was to address the lyrics themselves – and the shattered community structure and subsequent lack of character from which they derived. But I swiftly came to the conclusion that deconstructing the words of a 17-year-old boy whose pathetic perception of manhood is so inextricably linked to his penis as to be a tired cliché would be an exercise in futility.


Because Chief Keef is nothing but corporate Hip-Hop’s latest poster boy, a generic figure interchangeable with many young Black men on the streets with mediocre talent, incessant bravado and dreams of stardom with no viable options in sight. He is a pawn about as pivotal to the eradication of entrenched rape culture in Hip-Hop as a minimum wage drive-thru worker at McDonald’s is to reducing pink slime in their cheeseburgers.

He is merely another Pinocchio – Look, Ma! I’m a real man! — manufactured and sold as an MC to a frustrated, young urban populace looking for a hood hero. So to be effective on any level, any dialogue or course of action must focus on Geppetto – in this case, Interscope Records. While I abhor censorship, there is nothing free about speech when rappers are bought and paid for and young Mr. Cozart is a caricature of Black masculinity repurposed by Interscope to line their own pockets.

He isn’t an artist, he’s a calculated risk.

Just as his cohort, Def Jam rapper Little Reese, was lightly chastised by Russell Simmons for beating a woman like she was one of Michael Vick’s dogs and still allowed to keep his recording contract, as long as Chief Keef makes money, Interscope couldn’t care less about how many women he raps about murdering and raping.

Even though certain conscious rappers may disagree, it is not authentic Hip-Hop culture – semantics be damned – when Black men are paid to prey on Black women. There is absolutely zero cultural value in replicating a global rape epidemic within the narrow confines of Hip-Hop vernacular. Corporate Hip-Hop has revealed itself to be a diamond-encrusted plantation where Black men are nothing but hedonistic slaves bound by whips and chains. It’s a place where rape culture is embraced, cultivated and financed, and women are drugged, told to “suck d*ck” or die. To paraphrase my words from an essay penned for TheGrio:

Violent words — hit, bang, beat, cut, smash – have been re-appropriated to refer to pleasurable, consensual sexual activity. It is not surprising, then, that sixty percent of Black girls have experienced sexual abuse before the age of eighteen. The Beat Bang Theory (double entendre intended) dictates that masculinity be defined by the authority — indeed, the right — to objectify, dehumanize, violate and destroy women, all while rocking a microphone.

Chief Keef and other young men like him are aggressive symptoms of a cultural cancer that has metastasized throughout our communities. And like any illness that is allowed to recklessly proliferate, the money is in the medicine, not the cure. This beat-laden pathology being pedaled as music is a complex pyramid scheme based on cultural theft and exploitation that can no longer be protected and preserved by those who profit from the facade.

It is nothing short of dangerous hypocrisy that Black Entertainment Television can have Rick Ross “Rip The Runway” rapping about “riding clean and fucking hoes,” turn around and introduce a Lil Wayne song on “106 & Park” with lyrics such as “killing them bitches I hope all dogs go to heaven,” then with a straight face swear on a stack of bibles that “Black Girls Rock.” And as long as rape culture generates revenue, sincere macro-level efforts to empower women will never exist.

The undeniable fact is that these pimps masquerading as corporations — and the Black-faces of patriarchy who love them — are proud stakeholders in the degradation and endangerment of women and they must be held accountable. This is not love. This is war for the security of our daughters and the souls of our sons. That must, in no uncertain terms, be the non-negotiable line in the sand.

Whose side are you on?

Follow Kirsten West Savali on Twitter at @KWestSavali.

  • Merci1981

    I stopped reading halfway through and scrolled to the top. I had to discover who wrote this. Great piece. I also read the one on Grio. I am still salivating from this line:

    “There is absolutely zero cultural value in replicating a global rape epidemic within the narrow confines of Hip-Hop vernacular. “

  • MommieDearest

    Another quote from Brother Malcolm:

    “The chickens have come home to roost.”

    That man was so ahead of his time. He must be doing cartwheels in his grave over all the foolishness and fuqqery that is happening in our community.

  • J. Nicole

    I gave up on “mainstream” hip hop long ago, so it’s always shocking (but not unexpected) hearing the ignorant lyrics that come out of their mouths. What’s sad is as you mention, this rapper is only 17, yet shares the sentiments with rappers twice is age. So these “men” are not only not growing up, but keeping the circle of ignorance going.

    I almost feel bad for them: the rappers, the video chicks gyrating to the lyrics, the brain dead listeners. They’re all puppets on a string & don’t even know they’re being objectifed.

  • politicallyincorrect

    This is the lost soul who Jay Z said he would give a kilo to. Jay Z is the biggest corporate tool in hip hop, but you people worship him

  • talaktochoba

    the ONLY answer here is the one Dr. King would espouse–picketing every store that sells this genocidal trash, and our simply refusing to go inside and buy ANYTHING from any store what does sell it or even plays it;

    our young ladies have to know to turn silently away from any boy playing this or believing in this genocide, saying nothing but keeping out a wary eye til her brothers/fathers/uncles come get them;

    and that brings me to Brother Malcolm’s solution–anything that constitutes a threat to the flower of our womanhood must at once be re-educated and/or eradicated…and yes, by any means necessary;

    onle when people know that any violence visited upon our women, no matter the source, will be met with if not immediate then inevitable retribution, will our women be safe…and then we will be respected as black men;

  • Sasha

    60%, really?! That statistic is so shocking and downright scary. Another good piece Kirsten.

  • TT

    It’s just a deadly cycle that I don’t think will go away anytime soon. The main consumers of hip hop are white because remember black people only make up about 15-20% of the population. Correct me if I’m wrong. So this stereotype of black men and women being perpetuated through hip hop is not only being sold to black people but also white, asian, latino etc. Everybody thinks in order to be a popular rapper, you can’t talk about going to school and having good grades, having a legal job or treating women with respect. Look at Rick Ross; he had a legal job as a guard in a prison but yet he’s not gonna rap about that. Corporate America has manufactured this “gangster” rap as the only means to become a popular artist; the only way to present black people to the public. Am I guilty of listening to crap music because the beat is hot? Yes. I think 100% of people are. Chief Keef is an unfortunate victim of the cycle. He should be worrying about graduating high school. I was shocked when I found out he was only 17. He’s rapping like he’s a grown man. And where are his parents? I don’t know. I just think there’s a breakdown in parenting in some black communities.

  • Ms. Information

    There at least used to be a balance in hip it all seems ratchet and ridiculous.

  • Treece

    Yes, this is why I don’t listen to the radio anymore. I can’t take/accept how misogynistic, hedonistic, garbage like this is played steadily and the youth (of all races) are just eating up like cornflakes. No rapper should ever, ever say that this filth does not influence kids. We see and hear about it everyday. Someone kid has raped, beaten, killed someone else’s and when you whip out thier iPod it’s full of this junk and thier twitter page is full of this type of language. Some may claim that Chief Keef and the like don’t specify a race when they talk about rape and use degrading lyrics in thier songs, but the videos feature mostly Black women, so that’s the image they see when he raps about killing a “b*tch” if she doesn’t “suck his d*ck”. Everyone (every race) learns to disrespect, hate, degrade, and sexually exploit Black women at the puppet-master’s hand (record companies/execs)…… Sickening. These kids (the rappers and the consumers/listeners) are being used and abused and THEY “don’t even know it”.

    “….as long as Chief Keef makes money, Interscope couldn’t care less about how many women he raps about murdering and raping…….Corporate Hip-Hop has revealed itself to be a diamond-encrusted plantation where Black men are nothing but hedonistic slaves bound by whips and chains. It’s a place where rape culture is embraced, cultivated and financed, and women are drugged, told to “suck d*ck” or die.”

    That ^ is it in a nutshell. But, like one commenter said already, in the words of Malcom X: The chickens have come home to roost. Past generations of hip hop kept ignoring it and even encouraging it so now we’ve come to this point and you have Damon Dash trying to apologize about 15 years too late.

  • Radical Change

    Don’t just blame some broke black teenager for gangster rap. Why is it that you no longer hear nor see any anti semitic or g a y songs on the radio, nor negative jewish images on tv and the movies? Jews control almost every major record company, radio and tv station in this county. Freedom of speech only applies when it’s negative black stereotypes, images and songs. Everything else is CENSORED! Look up the Rap Group Public Enemy and Jews.

    They promote and hype negative black sterotypes but censor gay and Jew songs (now I guess all date rape songs are also going to be censored). That’s because WHITE women complained. When black women complain everyone yawns. That’s why I laugh when some black folk talk about rappers keeping it real or Jews and white liberals love them. Is it so hard to understand that if Jews can eliminate anti semitic images on TV and movies and anti gay rap songs they can also eliminate anti black images and rap songs with violence and the N- word? Is it beyond black folks capacity to understand that if the Jews can eliminate something they can also hype, promote and glorify a negative image with the psychological brain washing of negative stereotypes and gangster rap? I guess so. “shrugz”

  • omfg

    sorry but black males who participate are not pawns. they are actors in this game. they are willing to do whatever it takes to make money. and so they are reckless and without a moral compass.

    there will always be a corporation/business person wanting to profit off of anyone’s actions or work. but, an individual does not have to agree to such an arrangement.

    kief and others of his ilk are not victims. jay z, rick ross, snoop dog, lil wayne, etc. are not victims. they are full participants in their own denigration and that of black people and i don’t feel sorry for them at all. and they are not my brothers.

    i just don’t think this is the time for a white corporation control argument. this is the time for a black people need to take responsibility for themselves argument. and it isn’t a cliche to believe this. corporations don’t give a isht about anybody. morality and your hurt feelings mean nothing. they only care about the money.

  • CMK

    I agree with you but at the core we need to direct our anger and picketing towards these record labels. I get that we blame Rick Ross and whoever this child is up there, along with Jay Z. etc, but these record labels listen to albums before they’re released. They have the purse string. No one ever holds them accountable for signing and allowing this stuff out. No one has had a moratorium on the music industry and the black community. And I would think the time is now, because how much technology has changed the music game. A person no longer needs to get a contract with a record label to put out an album or songs, so now is the time to force them to do better, to be more responsible, and not just think about the bottom line.

    You rarely hear this kind of madness with Rock or other genres of music. And it’s not just black rappers, white rappers do this too. I’m all for witty lyrics and rapping about your truth, but some of the things now are just so above and beyond what I grew up on. I mean Tupac and Biggie had their share of B’s and H’s, but they also had variety, and often understood how their messages affected those who consumed it. Now it’s so commercial, so look what I’m wearing, look what I’m driving or flying in. Look at how much money I spend at the strip club, that legions of kids are literally being raised on this crap with no one to help them decipher fact from fantasy, and I hold the record labels equally responsible for this, because while it’s white kids who buy the most rap music, it’s black kids who seem to be the most affected by the images and lyrics Hip-Hop promotes. I think we need to marinate on that and think why our young men and women, boys and girls think it’s OK to twerk, slang dope, call women B’s and H’s, or be so hyper sexual.

    I’m a Hip-Hop head who fights with herself daily for ignoring the lyrics and focusing on the beat. I fight with myself because I still listen and wonder why. And if I’m an adult and the music is alluring to me, and I don’t turn it off, imagine kids and how they handle this. I fight because I see kids who are being raised on the images and messages sent out by our rappers. It’s crazy.

  • Treece

    This fool is 17 TRYING to act like what he believes a grown man is….his mother is probably a ratchet piece of mess too. That’s why he writes/raps those lyrics. He has no respect for women whatsoever, which indicates a bad or nonexistent relationship with his mother. He most likely wasn’t taught how to be a respectful child. I don’t know his bio, but I would venture to say that the “streets” raised him. He was raised to be a monster who had now been given money and access by a greedy record company……sad.

  • channelinggemima

    I just find it offensive to see Malcolm X name mentioned on this site.

  • bk chick

    Thanks for this Kristen! This may sound a little out of left field but it’s crazy to me how central Jimmy Iovine and interscope are to a lot mainstream hip hop controversy. Back in the day Jimmy Iovine was one of the only execs willing to get his hands dirty by dealing with Death Row records and he was very integral to the development of Tupac’s image as a rapper and played an even more pivitol role in the events that led to his death. Also, Jimmy had no issues signing Cheif Keef. And then I randomly found out he’s one of the main people behind the Nina Simone movie and the casting of Zoe Saldane (Not really hip hop, I know. But Still). And it kills me how he has now parlayed his image into a wholesome, family friendly guy, by appearing on American Idol every week. When I see so many people rocking beats by dre I cringe because I know he co-owns the company and I know that me boycotting anything he’s involved with won’t do much because for everyone one of more there are thousands of people willing to support this man’s endeavors while he can sit back and promote this poisonous music.

  • Kirsten West Savali

    I didn’t say they’re victims nor that I feel sorry for them. But they are pawns. Get rid of them and another takes their place — easy. Black people being aware of corporate influence is a part of taking responsibility, in my opinion.

    My argument is not to feel sorry for them nor relieve them of any accountability. Your statement is actually aligned with some of my thoughts and several of my articles on censorship and personal choice. Simply put, this is not a one-dimensional issue. There is room for all arguments and if there isn’t we need to make room.



  • Jackie

    Excellently written!

  • leelah

    seriously, when you make a strong statement like this, you should take the time out to explain why. I sincerely want to hear your opinion on this, maybe you have something valuable to say.

  • Kirsten West Savali

    Thank you! I really appreciate that.


  • Anthony

    Ms. Savali, thank you for your service! Thank you for exposing the corporate greed that is behind the filth that Chief Keef spews out into the world.

  • Kirsten West Savali

    Thank you, Sasha. I agree; those numbers are scary as hell. And just think of the girls who never report.

    Your feedback is always appreciated.


  • Ann

    This article was written so eloquently that I just want to leave my seat and run around the building. Bravo to you Kristen!

    Throughout this entire ordeal, this is all I’ve attempted to say. Simple and plain — it’s “pimps masquerading as corporations”. No different from the cash cow of black human bodies to the institution of slavery. Now it is the trade of a woman’s body to the music industry. WE must pay close attention because these record companies will always have a “next” until we stop it. They aren’t any different from other corporations planning ahead. So how do we go up against them?

    I continue to ponder that thought as it becomes clearer that the security of our daughters and the souls of our sons is a backdoor to the mighty dollar. Of course, it goes without saying to get our young men off the streets and to instill self-esteem within our daughters. Herein lies the problem, the modern day diamond-encrusted plantation (record companies) are heighten by what is already in existence. The seed has already sprouted growing like unwanted weeds. From the information that has been shared within this article, it is obvious where the root of the problem is. In short, we have to cut-off these record companies before they can create a next Lil Wayne or Rick Ross. Chief Keef is allowed to continue to be a problem? This Little Reese guy (never heard of him) was lightly chastised and not stopped for those lyrics? What? Mindboggling. So animal cruelty has more influence on Michael Vick’s career than we as a society has against the dehumanization of women? Right! I agree, whose side are we on?!

    Rick Ross’ ties being severed from Reebok was a start, but truly a small feat in comparison to all that has already been said and done. Now, this war against our sons and daughters is no different from the plight of slavery, the CRM, and current inequality for AAs. We (the Black community) have to act like it. We had martyrs who would stand up for and die for black women. As more time passes, our martyrs are becoming monsters (not all our black men). In other words, the BM has become like the WM (institution of slavery) destroying the BW for the sake of profit. We’re against each other now b/c I’m sure there is enough of BM sitting on the decision board to assist (hopefully stop) this ongoing problem. While that saddens me, the goal is to stop this misogynist treatment of women.. As we organize and protest against all other inhuman behaviors, we have to add corporate hip-hop to the list and not stop at Rick Rose and Lil Wayne. These lyrics are really terrible and so accepted, as we continue to stand up and as each petition is circulated, I will support and encourage others to do so. Not only that, we have to initiate “open” conversation in the community with our youth of how they feel about these lyrics before the beat overrides what is said.

    This is more like Goliath with a sling – we have to stay after these record companies and artists.

  • tamar Cotton (@TamarM3)

    …i think the time has come where we will have to form an organization that focuses on this exact problem of women being disrespected in music. If we have that organization/interest group we will be able 2 as a whole fight against such injustices. Right now everyone who agrees that such music is degrading and needs to be taken off of radio/internet is scattered. With the organization/interest group we will be able to target the rappers sponsors, the record label, and urban radio who is putting this music out there. its a shame you have black executives@major record labels as well as dj’s on local radio who are condoning and okaying this type of music. Its crazy bcuz I used to say this is my culture and i have to except this but I am saying it is not okay. I have since called my self out of the african american race because of their disrespect for one another on all levels and their exceptance on the things that are totally wrong!! The culture that I am apart of has a high regard for its women and stands up for their community.

  • tamar Cotton (@TamarM3)

    ….N the end what is sad is that some women fall for what these rappers say.. they do not care as long as they are apart of something or getting money. If the men are not man enough to stand up for their communities then as women we will have to take their place and stand up for the community of women and children….

  • sierra tango oscar mike yankee

    I’m ambivalent about these articles on how bad this type of rap music is.

    Can Clutch also cover good rap music ? Or is because there’s none?

    Criticizing misogynistic lyrics is good, and suggesting alternate solutions is even better. Otherwise, Clutch magazine is unknowingly promoting this filth.

  • Perspective

    @ Kristen and all CLUTCHESSES

    The problem with you quoting MALCOLM X on his statements about “protecting the black woman” is the fact that many of YOU DO NOT BELIEVE IN PATRIARCHY or MALE LEADERSHIP.



    The very fact that you have to be placed on a pedestal AND PROTECTED – (and that you are looking for that) demonstrated that YOU ARE NOT A MAN’S EQUAL.

    What many of you want are black men – who will worship you and elevate you as other race of men do but from a subordinate position.

    In reference to the rapper Chief Keef – THAT IS EXACTLY THE TYPE OF MAN/BOYS that a matriarchy produces – HENCE – the whole problem with a matriarchal structure.

    Deny it if you want – THIS IS THE TRUTH.

  • Purple Rain

    This is one of the best-written pieces I have seen on Clutch. Spot on!

  • LemonNLiime

    My goodness, you all throw the victim or pawn mentality out for everything. How are any of them victims or pawns when they are profiting from this filth? The real victims are those that feel the effects of the destruction they create. Those creatures and others like them are not my “brothers”, they are my enemies, pied-pipers of destruction, and musical terrorists. They deserve no sympathy and they most definitely don’t deserve to be referred to as pawns or victims.

    Record companies sign them for a reason… they are popular. Who is the real problem? Well, for every finger you point at a record company, you have 3 pointing back at yourself. Maybe society as a collective should be more reflective considering we (not me personally… I don’t buy s*** music) are creating the market for the music to grow in popularity. We just spent months shaming India for their record on violence toward woman… another example of the US pushing their “do as I say, not as I do” policies.

  • Justus

    “If u don’t understand racism-white supremacy what it is and how it works everything and I mean everything u understand will only confuse u.” Neely Fuller

    Alright got that out the way. This young male 17-18 “Chief Keef” raised most likely by a single mother in a community that supports the behavior represented in his lyrics. What can we do to curb this sickness rampant in our communities? We can keep blaming young men like Chief Keef or Lil Reese or we can identify and start to speak openly and honestly about the power dynamic in tHis country. Its systemic our neighborhoods produces this culture. Without a financial stronghold in your own Communities young men like this are produced by the thousands. We have failed to leave these young men an example of a functional family structure and viable options for success. There is no easy solutions here. U can protest Interscope all you want these songs and music will still get listened to by our youth. We have to change the narrative to change the behavior. Once this begins to happen maybe we can get to eliminating injustice in this planet and replacing it with a system of justus. Peace

  • stef

    here is the problem with that solution, it was white corporations that gave Chief Keef a record deal, but it was the streets that made him hot when he made popular mixtapes and youtube videos. Record stores don’t exist no more, music is now downloaded from thousands of sites and watched on the worst distributers of this stuff worldstarhiphop. Blaming corparte hiphop is an easy target but the real problem is our communities in which the chief keefs are born and raised from. The music wont stop it will just go underground.

    The worst thing I witnessed the other day was a group of high school teens ( boys and girls) singing camron ” are you going to suck it or not” . all i could do is sMH, this is deeper problem then just corporate hip hop

  • Danté

    The rappers and the executives only represent half of the problem. The other half is the audience itself. The unfortunate reality is that not only have people become numb to this kind of music, but they expect and enjoy this kind of music. People sing along to “I Don’t Like” as though it were some harmless tune, not fully realizing or taking in what is being said in the song. People will quote lines like the one mentioned in this post simply because the sheer absurdity of such words makes people feel tough, cool, gangsta, etc. Meanwhile, they don’t realize (or don’t care) what these lyrics are promoting.

    This is all part of a pervasive mentality of destruction that we have come to accept: the mentality that we ain’t shit and that these rappers are men to look up to. That’s why we allow these rappers to disrespect us, to disrespect our community. That’s why we give them a pass when they hand out turkeys and shit in the hood. It’s disgusting the way we let them get away with this stuff. The only way change will come about is if we realize that we have worth as people — that we aren’t just nameless, faceless zombies ready to consume whatever bullshit product (music, sneakers, etc.) is pushed on us.

  • noir45

    “i just don’t think this is the time for a white corporation control argument.”

    I disagreed with this particular thought. We MUST hold these corporations responsible for the products they put out. I believe these rappers are mental slaves and the corporations are slave owners. Yes, these rappers can participate or not. The corporate masters don’t have them in physical chains, but when you think of many of these rappers, especially the young ones, and the carrot of fame, fortune, women, etc as the proverbial carrot dangled in their races, it would be hard for them to turn it town. These corporate types know what’s up and they purchase these pathetic rappers because they know they are weak.

    I believe if the consumers of such drivel stop purchasing, it will speak very loudly and maybe the corporation and rappers will change their tune.

  • noir45

    Kirsten, this was an excellent piece. It was wonderfully well-written and precisely to the point. Like others have said, GREAT JOB!

  • tamar Cotton (@TamarM3)

    u r right 2 a certain extent ..we know that broken neighborhoods are giving rappers these lyrics however it is the fact that black executives at record labels, local radio stations, etc are condoning this music. I was reading an article a couple of months ago on how one of our carribbean nation neighbors has banned raunchy reggaeton from being playing over radio airwaves. I guess we “cannot” do the same here bcuz of the stupid “freedom of speech” law….I wrote the Congressman in my state to get such music removed from radio airwaves and he told me the rappers have “freedom of speech”. We know that systematic racism exists but african americans finish the deeds off by condoning such behavior…

  • London

    Chief Keef is a product of a child raising a child. His mother is 29 years old. She’s one year older than me and I just had my first child last year.

    So basically she was around twelve or thirteen when she had him. Now if anyone thought that this kid was going to be raised with any stability or morals they’re fooling themselves.

    Following link is of a pic of Chief Keef’s mom throwing up gang signs with her son. #parentingatitsbest

  • Catpopstar

    The kind of people that listen to this ether agree with its content or simply think that its just entertainment. There isn’t much to be done about the people filled with hatred (besides complete avoidance), but the “just entertainment” argument is quite dangerous and should always be challenged. I think this is an issue that can be solved once we convince people that the media should be analyzed and that we shouldn’t just mindlessly watch/read/listen to anything.

  • Justus

    If I am not mistaken lil poopy is like ten years old and he is already poliferating this foolishness. I am not going to blame rappers and video vixens for their limited options. We don’t provide jobs, food, or shelther for our communities. So how can we judge when someone is in a desperate situation and choose to do what any human being will do Survive. Now go marinate on that for a moment. Peace and Justus

  • noir45

    tamar, I think you are making very generalized comments about the AA community. You do know that the largest purchasers of rap come from white kids, many from wealthy neighborhoods.

    The degradation of women is NOT simply an AA thing. It’s a societal things. Cultures around the world denigrate women, and we don’t condone such behaviors – society does.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    you need food, shelter and clothes. YOU DO NOT NEED HIP HOP! ok?

  • Fantastico

    I love how even here the blame is solely placed on the mother because fathers obviously have no responsibility to their children or community. *sarcasm*

  • Fantastico

    Wow. Thanks for the info on Jimmy Lovine. I never would have thought.

  • MommieDearest


    “This is all part of a pervasive mentality of destruction that we have come to accept: the mentality that we ain’t shit and that these rappers are men to look up to. That’s why we allow these rappers to disrespect us, to disrespect our community. That’s why we give them a pass when they hand out turkeys and shit in the hood. It’s disgusting the way we let them get away with this stuff. The only way change will come about is if we realize that we have worth as people — that we aren’t just nameless, faceless zombies ready to consume whatever bullshit product (music, sneakers, etc.) is pushed on us.”

    Very true and a powerful statement. I couldn’t agree more. I am a firm believer that many of the problems that black people (as a collective) deal with are a direct result of low self-esteem and that we just don’t give a damn about ourselves or each other.

  • Fantastico

    You don’t have to believe in Patriarchy to believe in Male Leadership.

    Patriarchy is what allowed white men to take this land from the Native Americans and build their legacy with slave labor.

    Patriarchy is the reason that all people make less money for doing the same job as a white man.

    Patriarchy, Racism and Sexism are happy bed fellows. Until you get that you will for ever be lost.

    Btw you are using the word matriarchy wrong please Google it.

  • Bandslam

    It’s never a problem until it involves women. This article was written in april of 2013. “I don’t like” was released 13 months ago featuring lyrics such as “Pistol totin’ and I’m shootin’ on sight” and “And we ain’t gon’ fight, our guns gon’ fight”, as well as “With my niggas when it’s time to start taking lives” and “War time spark broad day, all night”.

    Where was your over-inflated sense of morality and lyrical invasiveness then? You don’t care about anything but your so-called cause.

  • ViolenceIsEqual

    Well since these murder lyrics are directly toward black men, primarily and, without coincidence, murder mainly happens to black men, black men need to stand up for their own dignity and demand not to be treated as target practice by slime ball rappers. Black men would be a better defender of black men than black women.

  • Bandslam

    And saying the same for women leads to allegations of victim blaming and not being “the protectors”, which ironically is a central facet of the patriarchy that is the claimed progenitor of all rape culture.

    But that’s altogether beyond the point. The point is, perhaps as it has always been, that those concerned with feminism and rape culture are not truly concerned with the problems of men and society at large beyond themselves. So, let’s take what you said to me and shoot it right back to you. Solve your own problems. Be your own defenders and stop complaining when a male, like Chief Keef, like Rick Ross, like Wocka Flocka, refuses to take up that mantle for you.

  • ViolenceIsEqual

    Chief Keef and his baby mama are teen parents. THe future looks bleak. BAre in mind his mother had him when she was 16. SMDH.

  • Radiacal Change

    Can someone explain to me why there are no anti Semetic nor anti Gay rap/rock songs on the radio? Coincidence or are there Wealthy Educated Executives who control what you hear and see?

    Cheif Keef was a broke son of a welfare baby mama Crack Head. His father is in and out of jail. These arae FACTS. Yes, we should hold Cheif responsible for his lyrics but the truth is this uneducated black ghetto boy nor any other rapper couldn’t get an anti Gay nor Anti Semetic song on the radio no matter how HOT the song was and how money it could make the record company. You’re very naive if you think gangsta rap isn’t heavely censored.

  • Hello

    It’s time to take out the trash.

  • Treece

    @ Fantastico, not placing blame “solely ” on mothers. Just speaking on the relationship between mothers and sons and how boys develop relationships with women/girls based on their relationship with thier mothers. Certainly not denying the importance of having a stable male figure in the life of youth like Chief Keef….

  • bk chick

    @ fantastico…If you’re interested in more details here are a few links:

    This is a hefty read if you’re up to the task—>

    This one is more succint—>

  • jamesfrmphilly

    izz just a co incidence….ha ha

  • Really?


    First, this site has talked about Chief Keef and Lil’ Reese and their violent lyrics towards women AND men. They talked about that murder incident with the other rapper. And they’ve talked about the murders in their hometown and how they don’t help the situation. Search the site before writing comments like that.

    Next, this is a site for WOMEN! Why men come on this site and complain that women put their causes before men’s causes is beyond me. That is what the site is for. If men want it to to be a problem when it involves men, you could do the same exact darn thing. Start a blog. Write an article. Make a fuss. And this site talks about issues with black men far more than black men ever talk about issues with black women. Other than VSB(which has a large female following) is there any site by black men with a large following that talks about our issues even half as much as this site talks about black men’s? And sites like those men ranting and raving on YouTube about black women are not the same thing.

    Finally, sites by black men for black men are usually not even about this kind of stuff. If you want to get mad, go ask the men behind those sites why they don’t write about this kind of stuff. I mean really are you shocked to come on a site for women and find women writing articles about issues affecting women? Most groups of people put their issues before others. Is there something wrong with black women getting an “over-inflated sense of morality” and being upset about the “lyrical invasiveness” of music that encourages violence and disrespect towards black women? I think not. Sorry. I guess that seems unfair, but I don’t think this site ever announced that it was a site to address the issues facing black men. Maybe I should check out Seventeen or Glamour magazine and see how often they write about male issues. Or what about GQ? Do they write about the issues women face? Most websites or magazines are for a specific group of people and the issues of importance to them.

  • Kirsten West Savali

    Dec. 19, 2012, I wrote:

    “Chief Keef’s glorification of ignorance and gun violence should have never been given a platform. And Kanye West, who ushered in an era of vulnerability and consciousness in Hip-Hop on the commercial stage, before losing his damn mind in Maybachs and Kim Kardashian, has taken the coward’s way out by purposely giving Keef a platform to say things that he wouldn’t dare say in his own music.

    “As I previously wrote in a piece for Clutch Magazine, the violence in Chicago has been ignored by citizen and politician alike. As long as it remains quarantined in the hood, the murders of 6-year-old Aliyah Shell and 7-year-old Heaven Sutton, and the scores of other children mowed down before their lives truly began, will continue to fade away into footnotes in Chicago’s expanding history of violence.”

    Check my record before you speak. You won’t come across so petty and misinformed.

  • Really?

    No one is asking Chief Keef, Rick Ross, and Wocka Flocka to defend and protect. We’re asking for basic human decency and respect. And black men should demand the same basic human decency as well. Why are we supposed to demand that for you when you don’t reciprocate? And magazines like Essence and this site do write articles asking women to support men and alerting women of men’s issues. And where is the reciprocity? Who’s demanding respect towards women? What sites that are mostly for men give a crap about 60% of black girls being sexually abused before the age of 18?

    Most murdered men are killed by men.
    Most murdered women are killed by women.

    Women cannot protect themselves from men. When people are good and compassionate human beings, you don’t have to ask for protection. And really, how well can the average man protect himself much less a woman in addition against some gangster who surprises you with gun? This is why men AND women should be concerned with “lyrical invasiveness” (lol) of these people. The same feelings that encourage them to be violent towards women encourage them to be violent towards men. And a man even with his superior strength is no match for a gun.

    And with that statistic about black girls, we should be concerned with our issues. Men who like to act as if feminism is a dirty word and an evil movement or violence against women is all falsified always have something to say about women putting their issues first. Why do you think women concerned with feminism and rape culture should be concerned with the problems of men and society at large more than they should be concerned with women’s issues? Why should women be so giving? Are male sites concerned with feminism and violence against women? No.

    But I’ve learned that some of you all (like Perspective) don’t think women are worthy of being protected or respected or even basic human decency unless they’re doing that whole subordinate barefoot and pregnant housewife thing. Why should women have to be Stepford wives to get basic respect?

    This site already talks about male issues more than male sites talk about female issues. Most sites that are mostly for men are about (1) working out (2) sex (3) entertainment.

  • JRW

    Ok, I know this is random and late but…….. Can someone explain to me why Ross was promoting Reebok anyway??? an athletic company want to appeal to athletes by….promoting a man (and I use this word loosely) so fat he couldn’t look down and tell you weather or not he was even wearing shoes??? Were the William sisters or Gabby Douglass busy???

  • Kirsten West Savali

    Thank you all so much for the feedback on this piece — both positive and negative. I appreciate it all. More than anything, i hope that it continues to spark dialogue, which hopefully leads to concrete solutions. I will try to respond to as many comments as possible as time allows, but wanted to just say I’m loving the passionate engagement around this issue. Many of you have given me food for thought.

    Thank you all again.


  • Really?

    I meant to say that most women are killed by men.

  • Tina

    The problem with that is that people who are offended by this are most likely people who weren’t going to buy his music anyway. so if a bunch of people who already didn’t support him continue not supporting him, what would that do?
    the kids listening to chief keef aren’t offended by his lyrics, aren’t phased by it at all. what we need to do is teach young girls why they should respect themselves, why they should be offended and why they shouldn’t support this.

  • amy

    I don’t really comment on this site, but this was just brilliant and perfectly vocalized what i’ve been feeling. So Thank you i would love to direct some of my peers to this article

  • Not So Nice NiceGuy

    As a man who occasionally reads this site, i have to give kudos to the author. Its about time realmen and women unite to boycott “niggadom.” Its not just entertainment. Media promotes images for reasons. Nothing we see, hear in main stream media is by coincidence. Instead of pointing the finger at the opposite gender lets all make an effort to just boycott nigga mess regardless. We are tied to one another regardless of whether we like it or not

  • LemonNLime

    I said the exact same thing! We all know he ain’t running anywhere. Waddling? Yes. Walking? On occasion. Running? Absolutely not. Buying running shoes from him, would be like taking financial advice from a homeless dude.

  • channelinggemima

    Malcolm X opposed white supremacy, this website is an agent of white supremacy. .

  • Pingback: How Corporate Hip-Hop Profits From Rape Culture

  • SL

    Last time I look didn’t JZ OWN one of the biggest label’s pushing this ignorance???? When you direct your anger at the label, direct your anger at the one who has been one of the most influential propagator of it. Let’s take the blinders off and stop Worshipping him like he’s some kind of God. He ain’t. He’s just someone who has made millions at the hands of very ignorant and lost souls..

  • SL

    Bravo Kirsten. Well done. I had actually stopped coming to Clutch, but this piece was very well done. Kudos to you.

  • SL

    So tired of making excuses for trashy people – dis here – dis ain’t about dem Jews or anyone else – dis here be about us – most dese guys wouldn’t know what a Jew was if they spit in his face – all he knows is his own kind as your post so eloquently states – he’s a hood rat – neva been out the ghetto – what the hell would he know about a fuggin Jew. SMH

  • Pingback: How Corporate Hip-Hop Profits From Rape Culture | TheJusticeTeam

  • Nic

    In Chief Keef’s first single that took him mainstream he says, “Your bitch won’t do the team, bet she won’t fight,” which is absolutely sickening. Good job, Kristen, for shedding some light on this. Our hears have become too desensitized to the filth that is hip hop.

  • guest

    With all of the young brothers who truly love black women why does this site focus so much attention on degenerates like chief keef, rick ross and asap rocky? I know these stories generate anger which translates into comments and revenue but can we try to focus on some of the many decent young brothers who were raised properly, are studying hard and aren’t ignorant rappers?

  • smiting the hypocrites

    This just seems like one faction of negro sell out going after another faction of sell out. corporate 9-5ers (YOU people) vs corporate rhymers..

    I don’t take any condemnation of Rap seriously when it comes from people who have no qualms about supporting and holding positions in far more vicious and deadly institutions in american society, first among these being the corporate government lead by its n# ! “rapper”, the war criminal Obama, whose warmongering ventures inflict destruction and death on innocents in foreign lands on an industrial scale..

    Shall we call that Death Culture?

    Where are the self righteous screeds speaking out against the death culture violence of corporate america’s perpetual war economy, which is deadly in the most literal sense, to millions of defenseless children, women and men?

    Not a peep of course, lest just divert attention away from that and onto Rap.

    Chief Keef is a young boy who grew up in ignorance, Obama is a grown man who has made a conscious choice to do corporate white supremacy’s most dirty work.

    We will see which of the two history reserves its harshest judgement for.

  • Fantastico

    @ bk chick Thanks, I’ll check those links out!

  • Fantastico

    @ Radiacal Change you have a point the common attitude that the industry only produces content that will sell without regards to content prevents sufficient analysis and progress.

    Violent and disrespectful lyrics towards black women,black men and their communities are permitted and are now a industry standard, while it is rare for other people to be portrayed in such a matter in this type of Hip Hop.

  • Von Vonne

    As long as we perpetuate this by spending money on it, the crapfest will continue; no demand…no supply.

  • Bravo

    Absolutely on point. This is exactly how I have been feeling about hip-hop for sometime and you articulated it BEAUTIFULLY. Just not sure how to fix it.

  • Valentina

    Great article! The most well written article–hands down–I’ve ever read on this site. True journalism and professional intelligently written feature pieces do still exist. Thank you for your insightful, informative and thought provoking work. This should run on the “front page” of every news media source out there.

  • http://Clutch SL

    The point is that if we didn’t write such lyrics about ourselves they would have nothing to pimp – that is the point. Are you kidding me that you’d think they allow content that would be offensive in their own community??? No, WE are the only ppl on the planet that will denigrate our own for $$$. This goes back to us selling us into slavery for a few pots and pans and today we are still selling each other out for a few rims and big chains – that is the real point. Are we stupid enough to think they would allow their own to be denigrated??? I hope not otherwise we will have lost all ability to reason.

  • addassamari

    Why be angry? Get proactive. Don’t buy the music. Talk to the children about what the lyrics from those ‘artists’ mean. Educate the children so that they learn to discern healthful music from that sick and debasing garbage that passes for music.

    In a world where ‘music’ producers, singers/rappers, and promoters will offer anything that the public will consume, the easiest way to send a message is to stop consuming. Stop buying.

    Funny, no one would think of digging through a trash can to collect filth, but many have no problem purchasing or listening to it or calling it entertainment.

    Perhaps I am an idealist, but I work too hard for my money to invite anyone into my life who denigrates me, who would promote actions that threaten my safety, who disrespects me. So I don’t, never has and never will, purchase hip hop or listen to hip hop music. I don’t endorse that type of culture therefore I offer it no financial support.

    As I said, why be angry, words are powerful but to these so-called musical artists nothing speaks louder than dwindling revenues.

  • Pingback: Chief Keef, Interscope: How Corporate Hip-Hop Profits From Rape Culture | Breaking News for Black America

  • http://gmail tydub

    I agree whole heartedly with everything you said.

  • http://gmail tydub

    This is just another tactic used to stagnate the progress in the so called Black community

  • tayefosterbradshaw

    Wow, right on for using the power of the pen to discuss this degrading music. It has worsened since the days of the Sugar Hill Gang and your are right, the corporate pimps are hard at work caricaturing black men and women for the sake of the dollar. I want to know when will people stand up, have some integrity, and not buy it…oops, it is bought by white suburban teenagers, and we are still disrespected.

  • mike

    masculinity should not be based as you said on how a woman is subjected to the will of a man at any given time. i stand by that. women have the power of lifting a man up from his lowest point only women have that power. With that being said however, i have to say that we as americans put too much emphasis and attention on entertainment. their are female rappers who pride themselves on their physical attributes especially their na na..and call themselves bitches. i think we should not take their music so literal and actually let the communities who birthed these rappers do the rehabalitation. women at times use the victim complex too much.

  • Neisha Jo (@jo_neisha)

    This was a wonderfully written article. Fantastic job! I had never heard of this kid, and won’t bother to Google him either. Like another commenter said, you don’t often see this kind of controversy in other music genres. I wrote earlier this year about why I gave up on hip hop a long time ago:

    “I listen to rock music because it speaks to me. All kids go through teen angst, feelings of depression, having a bad day, etc. Those things are universal. But not everyone grew up in the hood, all women don’t bend over for money, and not all of us tote guns Wacka Flacka.
    Basically, I like music where I’m not reduced to my body parts. So when rap decides to stop trying to figure out what object they can throw to make me dance, I’ll tune in. Until then, rock on!”

    I’m glad someone is speaking out against this foolery. If people are looking for other genres and/or fairly decent hip hop, NPR usually posts up some pretty good artists.

  • simplyme

    I really liked this article!

    I wont pretend to know about all of Malcolm X’s beliefs, but what he says at the end of that clip about the importance of respecting and protecting your women as a community is so obvious, yet so profound. As a society, as a community, as a people you will never be respected if you are not capable of respecting or protecting your own women (I’ll throw in children here too). This issue is one of the biggest structural defects in the foundation of the “Black community” in the United States.

    True power has been systematically stripped from a lot of Black men socioeconomically and even domestically for a long time in this country so theres an open gateway to exploit that insecurity by engendering violence and disrespect towards Black women and falsely selling it as a way of maintaining your masculinity and “power” when in reality it only furthers self destruction.

  • Reader

    You know what would work best? If all BW stopped listening to rap & hip hop and embraced classical and opera music. Stop buying this music on itunes. Stop buying this music. Stop listening to urban radio. Just stop. There needs to be a movement away from misogyny, away from rape, away from the drug culture, away from the baby mama culture and it starts with us. If we don’t stop this as a community, if we don’t stop giving money to the rap monsters they will continue to treat us as hos, street walkers, relying on us to feed their egos. We don’t need this, we don’t need these types of men. We need to be strong and stop giving money to them.

  • Pingback: The Beat Bang Theory: How Corporate Hip-Hop Profits From Rape Culture | The M Spot

  • sisternadirah

    Whew! thank you for articulating my very sentiments! I swear I have been trying to wrap my brain around this hip hop nonsense! #hipocrasyattheveryleast

  • bob

    Man the black women is the most disrespected in 2013 yeah right, that title goes to the black man and the native americans. you talking about these rappers rapping about women , but forget that they rapping about what they know, the rape lyrics are wrong but if a women is bad she is bad. The truth will not be silenced for your piece of mind. freedom of expression is what makes hip hop so good.

  • Civ Jones

    Here’s my thoughts being a supporter and listeners of Hip Hop music:

    Yes misogynist lyrics are a big part of Hip Hop and yes it is highly profitable for men and women to do so.

    However I would make the case that most consumers who buy these types of records are not black women. There the problem these corporations do not have to please black women because they are not apart of the majority of their consumer base. Truth is the largest purchasers of rap come from white males from the suburbs.

    Now back to Hip Hop, blacks make the music they don’t own it. So if you think these corporations what to start showing Black men in a positive light, loving women that look like them well you don’t understand the capitalistic nature of these here United States.

    Until we start owning, operating and supporting our own image then were only going to get what they give us.

  • Kelley K. Harris

    Let’s not rely on men to protect us…we need to protect our selves. Men need to change the way they relate to women too!

  • cg11

    Too bad that Malcolm X himself was a woman hating bigot. SMH, to use that man as a source of inspiration in the fight against misogyny is just plain ridiculous.

  • dbsm

    i also just scrolled back to see who the author was. This is the best piece I have read from you. I remember first reading from you about a year ago and thinking, hmmmm…not quite. Great maturation with your writing.

  • talaktochoba

    Malcolm was rather narrow at first of Eurocentric cultures–that may have had something to do with the Ku Klux Klan burning down his home and killing his dad when Malcolm was a child–but EVERYONE, including the CIA and FBI, knew how completely opposite much Malcolm changed once he escaped the clutches of his bigoted mysogynistic pedophile teacher, Elijah Muhammed;

    why do you think they killed him?

    hint–it wasn’t because he hated women, which Malcolm NEVER did;

  • talaktochoba

    and why not rely on us to protect you?

    that’s our job, and any male who doesn’t is not a man, and deserves the punishment any animal would get;

  • Timothy L. Smith

    Sister, this isn’t sexist but fact. MEN are the reason why there isn’t mass rape on this planet so let’s get that out of the way. For every woman NOT raped, there was a respectful man with self control, a protective brother, father, husband, son, policeMAN, cousin, soldier,etc. not having it and is willing to kill or die to keep their women safe. THEY are behind it and without it you are DOOMED.

    As to this death called commercial Hip-Hop there are MEN who are combating this, but received scant support from our sisters who had NO problems with these thugs promoting the murder of their SONS. Many of our sisters would call these victims weak and give procreative preference to these lost brothers who make their booty shaking music.

    Our women (not all but enough) PROMOTED the thug culture in Hip-Hop and now their mad because their love of filth came home to roost. They are doing what they’ve ALWAYS done. They hate the righteous brother and after the bad boy victimizes them for a change, they throw the good guys into the pile too. Learn what side you’re on before you throw down gauntlets.

  • Felise

    Wow! Thank you for this article. I was particularly moved by the statement, “He isn’t an artist, he’s a calculated risk.” It is a shame that the hip-hop community is filled to the brim with calculated risks. Perhaps the “conscious rappers” mentioned in the article should bring attention to how corporations profit from the violent and misogynistic lyrics. However, that would require then to interrogate the business from which they profit; so how “conscious” is that really? I also agree with Civic Jones comment… “Until we start owning, operating and supporting our own image then were only going to get what they give us.” I think we must also continue to hold artists to be accountable for their words and images.

  • Ariel MC

    This article is brilliant.

  • Sean Smith

    I absolutely LOVED THIS!!!

  • Tennille Astor

    “manufactured and sold as an MC to a frustrated, young urban populace looking for a hood hero”- let’s not forget what Civ Jones pointed out “Truth is the largest purchasers of rap come from white males from the suburbs.” and take that into consideration as well. Good article.

  • Sarah Love

    White males in the suburbs are big perpetrators of both sexual assault and domestic violence. This makes a lot of sense, that is the target audience isn’t it?

  • Sarah Love

    “Sister, this isn’t sexist but fact. MEN are the reason why there isn’t mass rape on this planet so let’s get that out of the way. For every woman NOT raped, there was a respectful man with self control, a protective brother, father, husband, son, policeMAN, cousin, soldier,etc. not having it and is willing to kill or die to keep their women safe. THEY are behind it and without it you are DOOMED.”

    You have your head SO far up your ass! There fucking IS mass rape all over the world! Mostly family, friends, husbands, police, military and boyfriends are the ones out there raping! The incidence of rapes by strangers with no power or authority over women is so rare! It is the ones close to you or the men you are supposed to be able to trust that rape!

  • Aby Trent

    I love this article but an element that may be missing is the sexual violence being perpetrated on children, which includes young boys. I sometimes feel like that part of the story is under recognized. I would like to see statistics on how many black men experience sexual abuse before the age of 18.

  • #mindblown

    Amazing analysis, well done! Thank you so much.

  • http://n/a Natashia

    Fantastically written, engaging start to finish,honest and to the point… loved every second x

  • Eduardo

    Interesting article, thanks.

  • Pingback: Uni-ball Releases Racist Ad Mocking Incarcerated Black Men | Breaking News for Black America

  • Pingback: Uni-ball Releases Racist Ad Mocking Incarcerated Black Men | WCHB-AM: NewsTalk 1200

  • Pingback: Uni-ball Releases Racist Ad Mocking Incarcerated Black Men | Hot 107.9

  • Pingback: Uni-ball Releases Racist Ad Mocking Incarcerated Black Men | Old School 94.5

  • Pingback: Uni-ball Releases Racist Ad Mocking Incarcerated Black Men | 99.3-105.7 Kiss FM

  • Pingback: Uni-ball Releases Racist Ad Mocking Incarcerated Black Men | Praise 100.9 & 92.7

  • Pingback: Uni-ball Releases Racist Ad Mocking Incarcerated Black Men | Old School 105.3

  • Sosa Baby

    “Because Chief Keef is nothing but corporate Hip-Hop’s latest poster boy, a generic figure interchangeable with many young Black men on the streets with mediocre talent, incessant bravado and dreams of stardom with no viable options in sight.”

    Chief Keef is the exact opposite of a corporate product. He came from the streets and has always been that way. As for the mediocre talent, that is simply your opinion and you choose to convey it as a fact? I’m not sure what you meant by saying “no viable options in sight” but I can assure you that he did not have the opportunities you had as a child. He grew up in Southside Chicago – one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in all of the US. I think it’s time you get off your high horse and stop judging others. I can guarantee you that if you were raised in the neighborhood Chief Keef was raised in you would not be saying the things you are saying right now.

    One tip for future articles: stop conveying your opinion as fact. It destroys the credibility of your argument.

Latest Stories

Sonia Sotomayor Wrote A Blistering Dissent Against the Supreme Court Decision Upholding Michigan’s Affirmative-Action Ban


ColorofChange Wants Bravo To Ban Violence From RHOA


Lupita Nyong’o Named People’s Most Beautiful


69% of Americans Favor Mandated Birth Control Coverage

More in Chief Keef, Hip-Hop, opinion
Rand Paul
Rand Paul & the GOP: Searching for A Black Friend

I Love You
Responding To “I Love You” When You’re Not Quite Ready To Say It Back