“I said it must be ya ass cause it ain’t ya face.” This is a quote from a very popular song today by Nelly about a woman. Objectification of women in song lyrics is something mostly used in hip hop. It has become a “cool” thing to degrade women through song lyrics. There are several artists today that use this as a tool to sell their music; the three that I will focus on are Nelly, Ja Rule, and Outkast. There are also those artists who challenge this degrading of women. One of these artists is Christine Kane.
Nelly is a very popular hip hop artist today, whose music is very well known. Nelly’s song, “Tip Drill,” is a song completely about the objectification of women. It includes lyrics such as, “It must be ya money, cause it ain’t ya face…..I got you payin my bills and buyin automobiles…..I know you a trick go spend that shit,” “turn that ass up mama put that dip in ya back,” “now baby girl bring it over let me spit my pimpjuice,” “I need a freak to hold me tight….for seven days and seven nights….I need a freak that will not choke….let me stick it down her ohhh,” and the chorus, “I said it must be ya ass cause it ain’t ya face.” This song is sending listeners the idea that a woman’s face does not matter as long as she has money or a nice body. It is telling women that they are simply an object for the man’s enjoyment. These lyrics are telling men that it is okay to view and treat women in this degrading way. It is showing them that they do not need to have any respect for women.
Now moving on to Ja Rule, he has a song called “Mesmerize” that uses objectification of women as one of the main points of the song. These lyrics include, “Girl your stare, those eyes….your lips, your smile, your hips, those thighs….and I can’t deny….I got a fetish for fuckin you witcha skirt on…on the backstreet in the back seat of the Yukon,