Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women

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“I'M A HUSTLA, BABY”
Groupie Love and the Hip Hop Star

Tonight you wanna fuck with me its
alright with me
Come on an gimme that groupie love

—G-UNIT, “Groupie Love,” Beg for Mercy

You ain't no better cuz you don't be
fucking rappers
You only fuck with actors, you still getting
fucked backwards …

—JAY-Z, “Bitches & Sistas,” The Blueprint 2:
The Gift & The Curse

Every generation of artists has its followers and fans. However, groupies are a world apart. And with the increasing popularity of hip hop and the coarsening of mainstream taste manifested by the public's tolerance for sexist obscenity and misogynist pornography on wax marketed as entertainment, what used to be clandestine sexual activities reserved for backstage, hotel, or limousine chatter has become exhibitionist male fodder for a voyeuristic public. Along with the video vixen whose curvy silhouette can command as much as three thousand dollars per video appearance (e.g., Esther of Petey Pablo's “FreekA-Leek”),1 inspire internet forums and threads, and Vibe music award categories (“Sexiest Video Vixen”—Ki Toy for

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