Part 2 of the Women and Hip Hop convo with Skyzoo’s Manager, Soul Wallace. The crew goes more in depth of the perception of women in hip hop. Also included in this Webisode is an Exclusive Sneak Peek of the DEHH Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Roman Reloaded Album Review!
Category: WatchDEHHTag: dead end hip hop, hip-hop, jean grae, nicki minaj, pink friday roman reloaded, soul wallace, women
Hmm. I agree that women must stand up for themselves in terms of not selling sex to sell records, but the fact still remains that misogyny and hypersexual tendencies are embedded in mainstream hip hop.
Even in the first hip hop hit, “Rapper’s Delight,” the MC uses the line “I’m gonna get a fly girl, gonna get some spank, drive off in a def OJ” over and over again like its as routine as breathing. And let’s not forget big oversights like Dr. Dre’s 2001 the J. Dilla-produced Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1. Any time a woman gets the slightest mention, she’s either called a bitch, ho, skank, freak. and if she’s called honey, then she just got done spreading her legs or bawking for cock. However, the great beats and testosterone allow people to give it a pass.
In fact, shoot, maybe the dilemma has to do with the audience as well. I say this because people always tout albums like “Appetite for Destruction” as some of the best in hard rock. And for good reason, because the instrumentation and the energy hit hard like sandbags filled with concrete. But the lyrics, especially on songs like “Its So Easy” or “My Michelle” are blatantly foul! Yet people still supported the music in droves without a sliver of doubt.
Now, obviously, there’s nothing wrong with discussing sex/sexuality in songs. It’s part of the human experience. But shouldn’t something be said when one gender receives a fantasized and derogatory depiction without any real input or truth? When a female MC steps into the game, listeners expect her to be the voice of that misconception, because that’s how she is treated on wax. If hip hop fans want to see more females simply rhyme about being themselves, we must be more vocal about the sort of depictions current rap magnates curate about women now.