Jammin / Livin

Our Music, our Culture- Ladies, let’s get Critical about Hip Hop

Eyo Kanye- here’s some shit I don’t like: Misogynistic rap lyrics that paint my sisters like baby momma drama hoes synced over beats so intoxicating I sometimes forget you’re talking about me. But I hear what you’re saying, I caught your memo. You claim your songs are only about those types of women, not the woman I claim to be. Not your strong single mothers, not your college educated sisters, not your take action corporate mommas making changes and breaking stereotypes in the work place. But whose really rapping about those types of woman anyway? No, much more catchy and shocking to talk about hoes on poles, much more sellable to show greased up round and mound body parts in videos. Sex sells- and black and brown women are paying for it.

I had a chance to attend a great event this past weekend at the Schomburg Center in Harlem NY this weekend called Fresh, Bold, and So Def Women in Hip-Hop. The audience was packed out with NYABGs and our male alliances discussing the state of hip hop culture today and its effect on women and girls.

In addition to documentary films and performances by emerging female emcees Genesis Be, FM Supreme, and Rapsody, the event wrapped with a thought provoking panel discussion featuring several activists, feminists, and women in the music industry, including DJ Beverly Bond (founder of Black Girls Rock) and my brilliant cousin, Nuala Cabral, an educator/filmmaker/activist based in Philly, PA.

Nuala Cabral: Educator/Activist/Filmmaker

Beverly Bond: Celebrity DJ, Founder Black Girls Rock

Panalists discussed what hip hop meant to them, how they navigated the industry, and most importantly, how the rap industry has effected them as women of color. Check out the whole event below:

Hip hop is still a male dominated industry, driven by illusive corporations that may not have the health of minority communities in mind. When a culture is based around a music genre that idolizes the pimp and demoralizes the female, we build a community that continues to breed these idiologies in the streets, in their homes, and in schools. And while hip hop was born and rasied in urban communities, rap has exploded over seas, creating a negative portral of the African American and Hispanic women everywhere.

Question is- what are we as women going to do about it?????

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