Hip hop and I grew up together. Hip hop is often referred to in feminine form. I’ve loved HER for as long as I can remember. She’s my sister, my mom, my best friend, my aunt, my baby. There’s dozens of hip hop songs that pay homage to matriarchs. Whether the song is praising our mothers, our wives or our daughters hip hop always comes through with a bow to women. But there’s a facet to hip hop that is the epitome of misogyny and patriarchy. Let’s explore.
Over the years, some of our favorite artists have said and done some deplorable things. 50 Cent, The Game, Mystikal, Tupac, South Park Mexican, Numskull from The Luniz and a host of others have been accused, prosecuted and/or convicted of some very heinous crimes against women and girls. They range from forcible gang rape and simple assault to sexual abuse of a 9 year old girl. Most rappers are guilty of reciting misogynistic lyrics. Here’s a short list:
Even though rappers often project a misogynistic image that is merely an act that I wrote about last year, some artists really are ridiculously misogynistic. The latest on the board? CeeLo Green. He was one of the first artists that praised our Black womanhood. How could he POSSIBLY be against us? Easy. Lots of celebrities do horrible things that aren’t anywhere near their artistic talents. Nobody knows if CeeLo raped his ex girlfriend. We DO know he tried to redefine rape though. And it blew his house of cards to the ground.
It seems that you’d have to walk the talk and talk the walk in hip hop since it was born from pure self expression. But marketing doesn’t work that way. So we deal. We bob our heads, we dance, we recite the words. Do they sting? Yes. Of course they do. But when you’re a woman, few things in life don’t.