Wow! I don’t know how I missed this one! “Rage Against the Ratchet” is movement started by songwriter/producer, Carvin Haggins.
“The word is ratchet. It’s a slang term, derogatory, for a person or activity that is considered distasteful. To Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer Carvin Haggins, the words demeaning, destructive, disrespectful, derogatory, defamation, and debauchery come to mind when defining it. He believes ratchet, or rather the world of bad values from which it arose, is taking over our airwaves.” http://articles.philly.com/2014-06-06/news/50362535_1_power-99-clear-channel-lyrics
I cracked up while watching Haggins promotional video for “Rage Against the Ratchet.” I laughed because you don’t realize how horrible current black music is, until you hear someone reading the lyrics out loud.
Haggins was a little problematic with his approach. I always side eye men who refer to women as “females.” Also, singling out women for singing along with the degrading music. It’s also not good for men to hear derogatory language used against women over and over again. It’s probably why most have piss poor attitude towards women these days. Overall, I think he means well with his activism.
Look, we all have our guilty pleasures. The fact is, black music has always been a bit risqué. It’s why white folks thought we were/are less than animals (of course, while culture vulturing the whole time). Black folks have tended to be open-minded about sexuality being expressed in music. The problem is, as Haggins pointed out, there is a lack of balance in black music today. Particularly, what is being pushed to black youth.
After watching some clips from the BET Music Awards show last night, this movement is truly needed. The music was terrible, the celebrities were wack, and hell there aren’t even good fashions anymore. It’s just disturbing all the way around what is being done to black music. It’s being destroyed to make way for great white hopes (Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, etc.)