Rapping about the Masculine
For many who observe hip-hop culture from the outside, some of the biggest complaints are its violence, misogyny, and homophobia. But hip-hop has its own community, with its own rules that need to be respected if one is going to form any sort of critical analysis. One cannot blindly interject one's opinions into the debate without doing some prerequisite knowledge. Luckily, Byron Hurt has done the work, and he has formulated a deeply insightful and moving film about areas of hip-hop that require critical analysis. His movie, Beyond Beats and Rhymes tells the story of a hip-hop aficianado delving deep into some of the most important issues of gender within the culture. Hurt's insightful film aims "to get us men to take a hard look at ourselves."