Division Rap Battle talks about censorship and the media
At this point, messages from Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle were analyzed to death.
At least some aspects of the show have been. Many took the show’s more misogynistic undertones, and that’s a fair criticism. We don’t often see women wielding hypnosis microphones throughout the series, except for women in positions of power. However, it seems that many (many) men have access to mics, even outside of the main cast. Additionally, the series portrays the matriarchal government as a vicious and demanding control over men, and it depicts men as always wanting to be aggressive and needing some kind of outlet to fight back. This view, however, depends somewhat on your perception of female leaders; are they evil and manipulative because they are women or because they lead a tyrannical government?
However, there is a rather fascinating and confusing message hidden in hypnosis microphoneand that is his view of censorship and the media.
This particular aspect of the series is admittedly one you sometimes have to dig into. The general principle of hypnosis microphone is that in a world without guns and violence, the use of lyrical battles with specially modified microphones has become commonplace. These microphones are able to project the effects of their users, and their attacks specifically target their opponents and minimize collateral damage. The usual message taken from the premise on a superficial level is that the series takes an anti-violence stance. But let’s break this premise down and focus on how it relates to words.
hypnosis microphone‘s reflection on media and censorship can be described in one common phrase: the pen is mightier than the sword. It can be taken quite literally in this case. Weapons have been replaced with words. But in this sense alone, the series is linked to the idea of media. Battle results are based on the words used by each side, and in the end, those who win gain more territory and prestige. It is something that alludes to the power of the media and the media; if you can get people to believe your words, you have already won the battle.
This also plays into the hypnosis microphone itself. These microphones have mind-altering effects and come at a high cost to the user and the target, both mentally and physically. They adapt to their user and project abilities depending on the personality of the rapper. More importantly, we learn throughout the series that certain groups of people are given different microphones than others. For example, former military officer Rio has a prototype military-grade microphone, and police officer Jyuto has a specialized police microphone. These are a bit louder and more effective than regular microphones. These facts from the series support the conclusion that the hypnosis microphones themselves are a symbol of media indoctrination. They are tailored to an audience, purposely constructed to manipulate a person’s thoughts, and can be used by those in power for victory.
However, there is also a secondary symbolism that comes from the microphone, and that is the voice of the common masses. The series repeatedly shows that while only some have legitimate hypnosis microphones, a number of illegal microphones are produced and used by random citizens. However, they do not adapt to their user; instead, they can be used by anyone and are usually amplified by groups of people to gain power. There are even times when using these microphones proves to be a challenge for rappers with legit microphones.
The series also states that the reason we often only see men using the hypnosis microphones is that they were provided by the Word Party, the government party that implemented the use of the microphones. This is because the area where the hypnosis microphones are used is in the divisions, which are the only places where men are allowed to live. It could also mean that the main holders of the microphones – the Buster Bros, Mad Trigger Crew, Fling Posse and Matenro – are using these microphones to speak out against government tyranny.
In some ways, hypnosis microphones have contradictory symbolism; they are both the weapons of the powerful but also the tools of the weak. However, both options lead back to the idea that they represent the influence the media can have on people and how the media can be a tool for individuals to defend themselves and their interests. For this reason, the duality of the symbol takes on its full meaning. It always depends on the message being broadcast.
Another interesting point that the series attempts to make concerns personal attacks on a legitimate substance. Many rap battle lyrics are aimed at undermining the enemy through taunts and harsh, violent lyrics. This, of course, makes sense given the situation; these battles are wars of territory, power and money. If you can do the job with swear words, why can’t you?
This can be seen as a reference to how some media outlets try to focus on attacking people based on their looks or personality to reinforce their opinions rather than focusing on their actions. In the case of hypnosis microphone, these attacks are perceived as banal and necessary given the stakes. This can be seen as the show taking a positive stance on this type of media, but the show also often demonstrates that these aren’t the only types of lyrics that exist. There are plenty of solo and group songs whose lyrics focus on the issues the bands face and the personalities of the characters, and there’s a whole lot more to them than the actual rap battles. In this sense, one can assume that hypnosis microphone also takes a stand versus this kind of blatant insults and lack of substance.
Finally, and perhaps the clearest theme, is censorship by the Party of Words. The government in hypnosis microphone is the only entity that possesses hypnosis cancellers, which can negate the effects of hypnosis microphones. These are used to silence groups during battles and prevent people from using the microphone against Word Party members. They often use these devices to alter the results of battles as well. Unlike some symbols on the show, this connection is pretty clear, and the show’s position on it is also clear: censorship is wrong, and the government shouldn’t have the power to silence the people it governs.
hypnosis microphone is certainly not an incredibly complex series on the surface. The premise is weird and a bit absurd at times, but when you hold onto the corkboard with a bit of red string, there are quite a few connections to make. While the series’ misogynistic undertones and misogynistic stance on guns and violence are usually the themes discussed as they are the most obvious, its symbolic connection to the idea of the media, their government control and censorship are also elements. important in history. That’s not to say he explores those themes incredibly well, but it’s worth noting that they exist in this project about rap battles and political takeover.