Taboo around men showing emotions - MTV Hustle 03 Represent's contestants open up on their songs
The platform’s powerful theme isn't just about rap culture but also about offering a sense of normalization to millions of men out there, encouraging them to voice their feelings and thoughts without hesitation.
Published: Sunday,Nov 26, 2023 06:00 AM GMT-07:00
In an era where societal norms often cast a veil over men's emotions, MTV Hustle 03 Represent's platform emerges as a powerful catalyst for change. International Men's Day has just gone, but it's not about a day; it's an everyday phenomenon. Here, these Hustlers find comfort and solace in expressing their thoughts and perspectives with the help of rap and music, ultimately challenging the taboo surrounding men's emotions.
The platform’s powerful theme isn't just about rap culture but also about offering a sense of normalization to millions of men out there, encouraging them to voice their feelings and thoughts without hesitation. MTV Hustle 03 Represent stands as a beacon for genuine expression and emotional freedom through their passion whilst integrating hip-hop! This is just the beginning of a subculture where men can be emotional too, and there is so much more.
Shady Mellow from Guwahati challenged stereotypes with his song 'Ladke rote nahi', breaking the notion that guys can't show emotion or shed tears without shame. He said, “I realized that my rhymes have to be more than just words — it needs to be an echo for feelings that make us silence our emotions. To me, MTV Hustle 03 Represent is not just a platform about rap; it is a space that gives power to my expression.”
Burrah, who represents music as a healer, delivered 'Main Sochi Jaavan,' shedding light on how men should be more vocal about their emotions. He stated, “As a Punjabi artist and a man, ego ya material, brands, gaddiyan se nahi; emotions celebrate karo! Punjabi men are seen as strong people, but expressing emotions is equally important, which I did through my song. My rap is my way of freeing the real and unapologetic feeling about what's inside.”
Poet Shaf shares his thoughts on how men should work towards expressing their feelings by saying, “Just say it out loud. I feel that when we start to worry about what the world or a person would think about us, we hide some of our emotions, and that is where things go wrong. I feel one should express without the fear of judgment, regardless of their gender.”
UDAY, the youngest contestant, recently poured his heart out in a song about his heartbreak. His take on expression for men is that “Men have always been perceived as a gender that is emotionally strong, but I want to use this platform and say that emotionally strong does not mean not expressing your emotions at all and also urge my fellow brothers to speak their hearts out to the fullest”.
Rap ID, who does ‘Conscious Rap’ rapping about serious societal issues, gives his take on being emotionally vulnerable, saying, “Ever since a child, boys have always been told not to cry, so we have always suppressed our emotions. Crying is seen as a weakness, but I feel when a guy cries, it's a good sign; it means that one feels that emotion because, ultimately, we all are humans, and we should feel our emotions!”