Rae Sremmurd and Black Masculinity

Rae Sremmurd is a hip-hop duo that has surfaced and flat-out exploded in recent years. While I try to be mindful about the music I listen to, I will admit, Black Bleatles, as seen below, has been on my Ipod  for a while now and what’s more than that, it’s actually one of my favorite work-out songs!  Why is this such a big deal you ask? Well, it’s because the content and messages being presented are (subjectively speaking), complete and utter trash. See below if you don’t believe me.

I don’t remember when it was precisely but some few months after downloading the song, I realized what precisely I was singing along to – as is always the case when it comes to ‘trendy’ new music that I tend to like prior to disliking. The music videos title is argued to be tied to the revolutionary band, The Beatles and is likely meant as a symbol of a new resurgence in music, known as the two brothers, Rae Sremmurd. Black Beatles both lyrically and visually glorifies black masculinity by equating it to topics such as getting women, binge-drinking alcohol and making copious amounts of money and like much of the popular music out there today, people just can’t seem to get enough of it.

Despite it’s catchy tune, this song looks at black womanhood as nothing to be valued more than any other commodity or ‘good time’ for the likes of a black man and it is precisely for reasons such as this that Beyonce is producing music such as Lemonade that delves into the struggle black women have between choosing between their blackness, their being women, and their sensuality.

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