The game has long needed strong female presence. The question is where have all of the women gone?
Presently, Nicki Minaj is the ONLY mainstream female “rapper” that represents for the mass of female artists that are on the scene. National media personality, EZ Street from WKYS in Washington, DC…posed the question on Twitter, a social network site whether or not women are not successful because other women do not support them because they are women and essentially hating. The adverse needs to be considered. Are men not supporting female artists because they do not respect them in general? Are women truly representing the feminine condition by constantly referencing how “bomb” their sexual skills are or are not?
Women left hip hop when love left hip hop.
Even the male artists that constantly belittle and “bitchify” women aren’t getting the record sales necessary to make their ends meet. thus the necessity to create mixtapes and other side hustles.
OUR People are tired of the gutted lyricism that now has become the synthetic norm to an originally AUTHENTIC art form.
The mere fact that many marketing reports, namely Neilson 2011- have identified the Black market as the highest rating consumer within the US, clearly indicates that anyone seeking to make money will come to those areas that are most purchased by people of color. The colonists of said industries have little to no investment in the images perceived, the cultivation of substantive male/female relationships nor the reinforcement of education messages.
If anything the fact that women are no longer strongly represented in a time when the hip hop industry appeared ready for strong women is evidence that the force of Big Business had no “use” for black and brown people to see and hear their women prophecy over their communities. They had to quickly devise methods to divide the black family by minimizing the voice of the strong black woman. It was absolutely necessary to reduce her to a blonde or pink haired barbie doll. An inanimate object that could be contorted and posed in any way that the world/industry saw fit.
The days of MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Rah Digga, Yo-Yo, Lauren Hill, Sister Souljah, Salt ‘n’Pepper, Monie Love, and even Roxanne have got to be revisited. We need an immediate intervention! And no one will fix it but US.
Stop dumbing down (y)our (he)art. Step up YO Game boo!!! What is your message to the masses?
Will your legacy be that you had the bomb coochie and the best ride and the phatest cheese in the bank (which is a categorical lie)? There are young girls who need to see and hear what is on your mind, not see what’s in between your thighs…because they have one too that needs to be harnessed thanks to much of what you’ve been telling them thus far. TRUTH!
There has to be a resilence within the sisters that matches if not surpasses their male counterparts. Handle the business of reclaiming OUR queendom because somewhere along the way, women lost the desire to fight for their voices to be heard and heeded by their “households”…(communities).
It’s not an issue of women not supporting women as much as it is an issue of self esteem or lack thereof being vomitted on our generation of future women.
Women aren’t spitting anymore these broads are splitting and s*iting on who we are perfectly constructed to be for our people. Honestly though, its not just the women. There are fellas out there who really shouldn’t have made it beyond the karioke bar but because they knew the right people or had a particular set of desirable money making attributes…they made it through . The confidence and integrity in ones own art and ability has been snatched by money grubbing non brown male dominated businesses that could care less whether or not you live or die just as long as you make that quota and bring in their money.
Black women in the game have been pimped since the beginning…ask Lyte and Roxanne! Bring the queens back….I’m sick of cotton candy haired actresses perpetrating as rappers having any say over how my brown babies see and approach this world.