Posted by Brooklyn White 3 months ago. To many, the culprit is Instagram — overnight, it seemed like social media changed the methods of scouting, discovery, and selling sex appeal. Others pinpoint a complete shift in the way the music industry operates as the main culprit. But the reality is, over time, the game has evolved, devolved, and transformed, much like the music industry itself. It was a form of marketing; directors and artists knew that eye candy would reel in viewers, and thus boost awareness of the song they were pushing.
Rap music videos have warped my perception of the world. After years of watching clips like "Big Pimpin'" and "Tip Drill," my thoughts have become infested with half-naked girls who tug around gargantuan asses. It's so bad, it's hard for me to even see a normal lady without imagining what she'd look like doused in the golden showers of a Cristal bottle or picturing myself swiping my Chase ATM card through her cavernous butt crack. Given my rap-addled condition, you can see why I took an interest in Brian Finke's ongoing photo project, Hip-Hop Honeys featured in the gallery above. In the project, Brian has been documenting the women who populate rap videos, enabling us all to have another perspective on the girls who gyrate what their mamas gave them for rappers. Brian's work is an elegant look at a genre of film that is simultaneously beautiful and grotesque, liberating and misogynistic, and artistic and exploitative. The renowned photographer, who's had his work featured in publications like the New Yorker and GQ and has published four stellar photo books, got pretty weirded out by my request.