MTV's Hip Hop POV

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Interesting talk show has strong language, sexy themes.

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Positive Messages

The series highlights the latest music, trends, and celebs that represent hip-hop culture, which doesn't get a lot of attention in the mainstream media, but does it in such a brief way that not much is gained.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The hosts are experts on hip-hop music and the culture that surrounds it. Artists stop by to chat, and they can either focus purely on promoting their work or they can put out some positive or negative messages, depending on the person.


Song lyrics and music video segments sometimes have violent lyrics and imagery, like fighting. Interviews sometimes include references to being incarcerated.


Interviews, song lyrics, and music video segments sometimes have strong sexual innuendo, including references to genitals, sexual acts, and prostitution.


Words like "t-ts" and "bitch" are audible, while profanity like "f--k" is muted. Rude gestures are blurred.


The series serves as a promotional vehicle for hip-hop artists and their music.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to alcohol and drugs, including one reference to an artist's addiction to cough syrup.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MTV's Hip Hop POV is a talk show that focuses on the hip-hop music community and its culture. Discussions include references to things like incarceration, sexual acts, and other mature topics. Words like "bitch" and "t-t" are audible, while curse words like "f--k" are fully muted, and rude gestures are blurred. References are made to drinking alcohol and drug use, including the over-consumption of cough syrup.

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What's the story?

MTV's HIP HOP POV is a weekly talk show that highlights the latest hip-hop news and trends from an insider's point of view. Hosted by some of the hip-hop industry's most musically inclined personalities -- including radio hosts Devi Dev and Charlamagne Tha God, Def Jam music exec Bu Thiam, celebrity DJ Amanda Seales, and blogger Sowmya Krishnamurthy -- the show offers honest commentary about the latest headlines and music in hip-hop culture. Special segments showcase behind-the-scenes looks at music video shoots and other events. Interviews with folks Lil Wayne and performances by artists like 2 Chainz are also featured.

Is it any good?

Hip Hop POV highlights the hip-hop industry's latest and greatest news stories, gossip, and musicians, and, thanks to the hosts' expertise, does so in a way that's both interesting and thoughtful. Interviews with celebs offer honest reactions to both the artistry and the controversies surrounding their music.

The topics are endless, but the program is so short that the hosts can't spend enough time talking about any of them with any sort of depth. Nonetheless, hip-hop fans will be sure to find the show entertaining.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about hip-hop music. What are the roots of this kind of music? What's the difference between hip-hop and rap? Why do so many hip-hop songs have lyrics that talk about sex, drugs, and violence?

  • What are some of the stereotypes that exist about the hip-hop community? Do you think these generalizations are a result of the strong content that the genre's music and music videos often have?

  • How is MTV's Hip Hop POV different from or similar to talk shows on other mainstream networks? Is the hip-hop community represented in a positive light? Are there any negatives to artists appearing on this show?

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