Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Musings from a Black Woman: On Hip Hop and Cultural Ramifications

From My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women and Hip-Hop, a documentary airing on BET:

"There are a whole lot of reasons why female rappers aren't as prominent in the hip hop game as they should be. But to me, honestly, I believe the bottom line is, it's a boys' game. It's a man's world. Straight up."

- Nikki D

"Male rappers have such an amazing amount of power and influence. And if they're spending a majority of the time dissing African-American women, then what is expected of the people that they're performing for, or the people that are buying their records. It's not much to be said for them wanting to spend money to hear an African-American woman speak her mind."

- MC Lyte



Anonymous said...

man - i meant to dvr this. i only watch BET for the awards and MJ tributes, tho, so I forgot about it.

IMO, hip-hop is pop now. And pop is a machine - a money making machine. Sex is what sells, but generally it's the same porny, dude-ruled kind, that totally disses women that are into using more than just their sex. If they wanna make any money at all, though, they've gotta get a little porny.

Bianca Reagan said...

I think that hip-hop, all music, and all media could and should be more female-friendly, considering that women make up over 50% of the population, and the majority of the buying power. Women are major consumers of music and all other types of media. Marketing pop music in a way to mainly attract (ignorant) heterosexual men by objectifying women is a losing strategy.

Anonymous said...

a long-term losing strategy - true. But like most money making ventures - it's not about long term - it's about getting the most cash available immediately. That short term thinking is the same kind of thinking that has us screwing the environment for a dollar, and taking advantage of undocumented or child workers.


Bianca Reagan said...

Those child workers are keeping us down. :)