Are There Limits to Acceptable Hip-Hop Lyrics?

In this lesson, students will analyze the lyrics of hip-hop artists Future, Lil Wayne and Rocko, whose music has created controversy with its references to violence against women. They will then debate the limits of acceptable lyrics against the freedom of artistic expression, and they will conduct a research project that identifies and critically analyzes other song lyrics that push the boundaries of what is socially and culturally acceptable.

Media

Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.

Lesson Plan

Please note: this lesson assumes that you are working in an educational environment in which discussing explicit content in popular culture with students is freely permitted. The lesson therefore assumes that students are at a level of maturity to have a critical dialogue about this kind of material.

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Lesson tags: Eleventh, English, Music, Social Studies, Tenth, Twelfth

Niall Brennan

Niall Brennan Niall is a professor in the Department of Communication at Fairfield University and holds a Ph.D in Media and Communications. Niall is a well-traveled educator and has taught across the globe from Brazil to the UK. He has also worked in publishing, advertising and information systems in New York City. When he’s not teaching, Niall enjoys cooking, photography and spending time with his best friend and dog, Harry.