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