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March 21, 2004



Thanks for that great post. I have been listening to hip-hop since the mid-80's (not to give away my age or anything) but in the last couple of years I have realized that dancing/singing along with misogynist songs is not conducive to a postitive self-image.

I have been trying to find more political/feminist hip-hop, but have been having a difficult time. I think Sarah Jones addresses a great deal of the problems in "Your Revolution" but other than that....hmmmm. Not much around.

There probably is lots of stuff going on locally, (there is here in my small East Coast Canadian City) but not at the commercial level, as record producers seem to want to market a very particular brand of hip-hop to the masses.



JT's BACK!!!

Very thoughtful post for a topic that seems to be taboo in the hip hop world.


You forgot to mention Lauryn Hill. But I as an Black Male do agree that people should be putting more out there on the respect issue (in general) of women as well as other people.


ah, the ongoing internal struggle with being a black female hip-hop fan.

but it's part of a deeper issue with gender in american society. there's a hypermasculinity present in hip-hop, but it's not out of sync with the male-as-brut role of american culture.

so for me, the question is: how can we change the larger culture?


Wow, you presented a lot of great points, Where is the resurgence of female MC's, it seems no one other than Missy, is really reppin the ladies these days...



happy belated.


definitely thought-provoking...


ahhhh, misogyny. on the chronic and doggystyle it's stewed to a perfection!

jokes aside, my point of view has always been that every voice is important. i don't have a problem with a rapper making a misogynistic album, cause that is ONE man's perspective, and he like any of us, deserves his right to say what he wants. my problem is with dj's, and radio stations, who ONLY play that one voice, without letting the jean grae's of the world be heard. if you listen to underground hip hop, or attend any open mic, you can hear that the voices of the people are against what we are being fed. the only problem is, those voices aren't being offered up for mass consumption. one.


why can't they see this is not just about hip-hop? it's bigger than hip-hop? it's so much bigger. it's about white male patriarchy among so many other things. it's about black male and female relationships about so many other things. it's about women and men in general. it's about youth.

my love/hate relationship with hip-hop so conflicts me on this issue. hip-hop's gotta' have it's 360 degrees, it can't all be conscious. problem is though the balance that would allow the negative to exist in the same space as the positive doesn't exist on the mass consumer level.

dig this? hip-hop is most likely america's largest export. therefore, worldwide, hip-hop comes to represent youth, particularly black youth, but all youth. it goes out to represent america. think not? check the ringtone market, how much ringtones are comsumed by youth worldwide, and that hip-hop music is the driving force of this market.

there's cultural representation at play here. there's gender politics at play here. there is so much at play here, i can not even go into it all, b/c the topic is beginning to wear me out - b/c so many people are brushing their shoulders off on this one. dudes i thought i respected in the blog space, saying they're not in a position to speak up for women. what? that almost sounds like some racist shit.

i am so glad this discussion is happening. sooooo glad.


What about Blackalicious? Not in the mainstream, obviously, but worth mentioning. Their lyrics are wide-ranging, thought-provoking, and progressive, and the beats are deeply funky and very danceable. And their first album, Nia, includes a very woman-positive track -- "Ego Trip" by Nikki Giovanni.

the other Lauren

Off topic, but Nikki Giovanni writes some seriously good poetry. Shows in the above-mentioned song, as well.


Black women should be rescept we ain't no bicthes,hoes,or tricks no matter what we do and we don't like shit stuck in our motherfuker asses

Hip Hop

Hip Hop Lyrics...It's kind of like the marijuana trade.

It's big business that the government knows about but looks the other way. The community knows it's illegal, but it's still easier to get than 800mg Ibuprofen.

As long as hip hop is in the mass media eye, the only ones that can change it are the artist. If your waving a million dollars in a persons face, and they in turn are waving it in the face of women who are MORE than willing to portray the role, then the artist is GOING to talk about it. I'm not condoning the lyrics at all. But I work in clubs and concerts.
I know strong women, and I know women that portray those lyrics. Welcome to America.


Negro please... if you don't like the music, don't listen to it. Then spend some time with your kids instead of working and going to that spa you like so much. Your time is more important than your money to your kids. My point? If your not gonna do anything but bitch... then shut up and sit down.


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