Posts Tagged Hip Hop

Money talks: Rick Ross releases full apology for rape lyric

So understand this– there’s no more talking to those who perpetuate or enable rape culture. There is only us talking to your money.

— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) April 11, 2013

When we first broke the story about Reebok dropping Rick Ross I had mixed emotions.  I was excited that rape culture was being talked about and taken seriously. I thought that Reebok’s statement about why they chose to drop him was extremely on point. I’ve appreciated that their motives were not aimed at the lyrics themselves, but his refusal to take the issue seriously as reflected in the initial half assed apology. (He has since released a full apology, which can be found here, and is appreciated.)

But ...

So understand this– there’s no more talking to those who perpetuate or enable rape culture. There is only us talking to your money.

— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) April 11, 2013

When we first broke the story about

Breaking: Reebok dumps Rick Ross for date rape lyrics

Rick Ross has reportedly been dumped by Reebok due to lyrics promoting date rape in his recent single “U.O.E.N.O”. The lyrics in question were “Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it. I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.” The verse has since been replaced on the song. Reebok reportedly cited Ross’ inadequate response as well as the lyrics themselves when discussing their decision. The move comes after almost a week of pressure from women’s rights groups and a widely circulated online petition. TMZ reports:

Reebok tells TMZ … “Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we ...

Rick Ross has reportedly been dumped by Reebok due to lyrics promoting date rape in his recent single “U.O.E.N.O”. The lyrics in question were “Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it. I ...

Can an Asian woman be taken seriously in rap?

Answer: This is a stupid question.

New York magazine’s profile of Nora Lum, aka Awkwafina, details the Korean-Chinese-American rapper’s rise from her hilarious “My Vag” track last year to the harder “NYC Bitche$,” which was released in March. The article’s headline asks: “Can an Asian Woman Be Taken Seriously in Rap?”

The piece dabbles in gender identity politics in hip hop. Can women rap? Well, sure. Will it be hard? Duh. Lum says:

“If women dabble in rap but they’re not rappers, to get from dabbling to doing it is really difficult, confidence-wise. There’s a degree of having to prove yourself, also, and that’s really hard: I’m not trying to ruin your institution, I’m trying to ...

Answer: This is a stupid question.

New York magazine’s profile of Nora Lum, aka Awkwafina, details the Korean-Chinese-American rapper’s rise from her hilarious “My Vag” track last year to the harder “NYC ...

Don Draper

Rick Ross, Don Draper, and the fantasy world of masculinity

Ed. note: This is a guest post from Mychal Denzel Smith. He is a writer, social commentator, and mental health advocate whose work on politics, social justice, mental health, and black male identity has appeared in outlets such as The Nation, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Gawker, Salon, The Root, and more.

I’ve been thinking a lot about Rick Ross as of late, given all the controversy surrounding him and his disgusting, indefensible lyrics condoning rape (and his subsequent non-apology that was almost as bad as lyric that prompted it). In a way, I feel partially responsible, having been a fan of Ross’ music despite the overt misogyny, and I’ve ...

Ed. note: This is a guest post from Mychal Denzel Smith. He is a writer, social commentator, and mental health advocate whose work on politics, social justice, mental health, and black male identity has ...

Beyonce Bow Dow

Why Beyonce’s “Bow Down” is not anti-feminist

I didn’t even have time to learn all the lyrics to Beyonce’s new song “Bow Down” before people started policing whether or not the track was anti-feminist. A friend sent me this piece from the Washington Post entitled “Beyonce sabotages her female empowerment efforts with ‘Bow Down.'” I wish everyone reading this could see how hard I am rolling my eyes at this.

First of all, I would like to point out something I’ve noticed about how we receive Beyonce. It seems like unless she’s singing, dancing, or showing off her outfits, we immediately want to critique whether or not what she is doing is feminist. We don’t hold all artists to this standard, and I think the ...

I didn’t even have time to learn all the lyrics to Beyonce’s new song “Bow Down” before people started policing whether or not the track was anti-feminist. A friend sent me this piece from the Washington ...

Yeezy was on to something about the commercial music industry

I know that Kanye West’s intense emotions and antics have made him a bit of a mockery amongst us onlookers of the entertainment industry. I can’t say I haven’t enjoyed tumblrs like this, but I’ve come around. And I have to say, his latest comments at his show in London were a hit with me.

 “Remind me again why we in this shit/  Remind me again why we in this/ Since when was making music about getting rich?/ Since when was making art about getting rich/ Remind me again why we in this shit/ Remind me again why the grammies could suck my dick/ Remind me again who’s the original super fly/ And I got love for HOV but I ain’t fucking ...

I know that Kanye West’s intense emotions and antics have made him a bit of a mockery amongst us onlookers of the entertainment industry. I can’t say I haven’t enjoyed tumblrs like this, but I’ve ...

Quick hit: Nicki Minaj endorses Mitt Romney? Also, Bonita Applebum dismisses claims of putting anybody on.

Sometimes, rap lyrics are clear. Other times they’re just oblique disses drawing from zeitgeist. Many times they’re persona pieces, a metafictional voice that is easily conflated with the actual identity of the MC who spits them. But I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this: NICKI MINAJ IS NOT ENDORSING MITT ROMNEY.

Speculation around the great watercooler that is the internets are drawing this leap of conclusion from a line Minaj’s verse on Lil Wayne’s latest mixtape, Dedication 4, where she says,”I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy bitches is f*cking up the economy.” The line falls in the category of oblique diss in my view (cringeworthy), not a patent endorsement of ...

Sometimes, rap lyrics are clear. Other times they’re just oblique disses drawing from zeitgeist. Many times they’re persona pieces, a metafictional voice that is easily conflated with the actual identity of the MC who spits ...

The Feministing Five: Miss Haze

Miss Haze (aka Hazel Rose) is a San Francisco Bay Area based performer, artist and activist. She’s the front woman of the hip-hop/electronic soul group 40Love. Her raw lyricism combined with her love of the mystic and sprituality makes her a standout artist. Moreover, the feminist themes found in her work makes her an inspiration to hip-hop artists and fans alike. (And a perfect fit for the Feministing Five.)

With her re-writing of Tyga’s “Rack City” hit, she emphasizes the divinity in all of us by saying that we are all “Made of Stars,” (the title of the song) effectively undermining the assumption in hip-hop that women are objects and without agency. The song’s music video (directed by Nina Reyes ...

Miss Haze (aka Hazel Rose) is a San Francisco Bay Area based performer, artist and activist. She’s the front woman of the hip-hop/electronic soul group 40Love. Her raw lyricism combined with her love of the mystic ...

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