MQ: Definitely products of environment. I don't believe that man is naturally bad--though I don't see any evidence supporting us being naturally good, either. I prefer to think of us under neutral and animalistic terms. When stripped of social conditioning and sense of humanity and whatnot, we're just animals left to our instincts. No morals, no sense of right or wrong--just the innate mission to survive. Is it not true that when an animal is threatened, they typically react violently as a method of self-defense? Whether the threat is physical or emotional, this statement holds ground.
BQ: I think misogyny (hatred for females) is a bit of a strong word to be used regarding hip hop. It doesn't encourage the hatred of women--quite the opposite, actually. That genre of music mostly generates more of their objectification. Depending on the song, though. Some songs depict women as heartless and evil, in which case the song would have emotion and perhaps be telling a story of a break up or something. Others credit women as sex objects and only sex objects, in which case the song holds little to no emotional ground and is in my opinion considered utter crap. In songs objectifying women, yes, it's quite possible that the rapper/songwriter may view women as inferior. Studies have shown that when the majority of men are shown a photo of a scantily-clad woman, a part of their brain instantly snaps to attention--and coincidentally, it's often the part of the brain that is attached to usage of tools. So mentally, whether they know it or not, most men see women as equivalent to hammers and chainsaws and screwdrivers. Men who are viciously anti-feminist have been known to spark sections of the brain that are also activated when shown images of homeless people, so to them, women are the equivalent of worthless hobos. Charming. My point is that the whole thing is purely perspective.
B2: No, I don't. It's arrogant and pompous and ignorant and egoistical for any idiot to act like he's above anyone or anything. A rapper/hip hop artist is still human, and I would fully support any artist who chose to recognize that instead of behaving larger-than-life. Eminem, for example, has produced songs not only about his strengths and triumphs, but about his weaknesses and emotions. He's one of the few rappers I tolerate, because he doesn't rap about partying and drinking and having sex and selfish pleasures--he raps about life.
B3: My ideal album. I'm assuming you're referring to the rap/hip hop genre of music, yes? Well this question would be hard to answer then, because I'm not much for that genre. But for any budding artist, I love for their song composition to vary a lot and for the artist to really explore different sounds. A slow and sad song, an upbeat and fun song, an angry and harsh song--you know, variety! It bugs me when artists, especially new ones, box themselves into one kind of emotion or one experience or one sound that is expressed in a bunch of different variations. No, mix it up! Make one song completely different from another! In order to find your really great sound, you've got to get a taste of the bad ones so that you know for sure that they won't work for you.
Interesting questions. I've never thought about these before.