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May 24, 2017

This Rapper’s New Song Takes an Unexpected Stance against Pornography

While other rappers often glorify pornography and the degradation of women in their music, one rapper is raising a warning voice. In his new song “The Bitten Apple,” a track from his recently released LP All the Beauty in This Whole Life, rapper Brother Ali openly addresses the dark side of pornography addiction that many choose to overlook.

In the first verse, Brother Ali discusses some the negative effects of pornography on an individual level, including shame, addiction, and desensitization to extreme forms of pornography.

 

Self-hate feasting on our deepest darkest secrets

Warning signs that read help needed, too ashamed to seek it

Seems so easily deleted when you’re browsing

But can’t erase the history of what your eyes allowed in

The intimately profound ecstasy that gives life’s

Stripped of all its meaning ’til it eats you from the inside

The big lie, you just do this to get you through the slim times

One click at a time ’til you prefer the counterfeit kind

Seen so many scenes that it would seem you’re desensitized

Just to get your fix, you begin dipping into the sick side

Seeking to feed a demon that you no longer recognize

 

His candid lyrics reveal his own past struggle with pornography addiction, which he discussed in a recent interview with hip-hop news site Ambrosia for Heads.

“I never considered myself like an addict or it was controlling my life or anything,” he said. “But when I decided I wanted to take the spiritual path seriously, something that one of my teachers said to me is, like, ‘this is not conducive to the spiritual path.’ . . . So you may not feel like an addict but once you say to yourself, ‘Okay, I would like for this to never be part of my life again,’ then you start realizing just how deep it goes, and how many changes have had to happen internally for that [pornography] to become part of our lives.”

In the second verse of the song, Brother Ali calls out pornography users who think there is no external harm in pornography consumption. “Don’t get it twisted,” he warns. “There’s no innocence existing in its biggest business / You create specific demand whenever you click it / Whatever it is you’re into someone’s got to fill it / Have their lowest moments frozen to be shown infinite.”

He goes on to rap about how pornography also hurts innocent children and familial relationships.

Brother Ali is not alone in using his fame as a platform to warn others about the harmful effects of pornography. In February of 2016, actor Terry Crews posted a series of candid videos in which he revealed his former struggles with pornography and how it nearly destroyed his marriage. Later that year, actress and former Playboy model Pamela Anderson spoke out against the porn industry, calling pornography a “public hazard.” In April of this year, actor and comedian Chris Rock admitted during his recent comedy tour that his pornography addiction was a major factor in his divorce.

These are not the only celebrities who have spoken out against pornography. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rashida Jones, Russell Brand, and Hugh Grant, among others, have all expressed opposition to it.

Each additional voice adds power to the fight against pornography and sexual exploitation. To learn how to add your voice to the movement, visit EndSexualExploitation.org.
All the Beauty in This Whole Life is available on iTunes.

Kimberlee Tinio Forsgren

Intern

Kimberlee Tinio Forsgren is a communications intern at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She is currently earning a bachelor’s degree in English at Brigham Young University (BYU) with a minor in Digital Humanities and Technology. Kimberlee’s interest in activism has flourished since she joined BYU’s Anti-Human Trafficking Club at the beginning of 2016, where she has donated her creative talents and efforts to raising awareness about this important issue, and continues in her work at NCOSE. In her spare time, Kimberlee enjoys doing freelance graphic design, cooking, and spending time with her husband, Ben, who is also an intern at NCOSE.

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