Above is the video of Jermaine Dupri, a respected producer and songwriter, sharing his opinion on women in the rap game. Watch the video before you continue reading one.
So after watching this interview, first of all the people who interviewed him asked him specifically what he thought of the WOMEN in the rap game, so he answered that question. And honestly I do have to agree with him. I have always thought that the women of today’s rap game only rap about sex or dancing or things of that sort. And I’m not going to lie, the man of the rap game do too, but that wasn’t the topic of discussion.
So there’s no need to be upset. And I am an advocate for women I am feminist to the day I die. But it seems like the rap game has fallen off. Back then people listen to rap for the lyrics and the beat. Today you can say a bunch of gibberish on a dope beat and become successful. Not gonna lie, some of those songs are catchy and I catch myself dancing to them but that’s just it…this song is just for dancing. What gets me to respect a rapper is their lyrics. The story that they try to tell through the lyrics. Which is why one of the lyricist is Tupac Shakur.
Many female rappers have responded to what was said in the interview and you can agree with what some of them are saying. Some were saying that sex sales, which is very true especially in the entertainment business. However, if you truly enjoy rapping, you’re mainly focused on getting your art out instead of making sales. You let your art do the talking. There was one person, who shared their opinion and named artists who don’t use sex to sell and it’s not a coincidence that most of them are dark skin. Which brings up the topic of discussion of colorism, but that’s for a different conversation. Because people refuse to see how big of a role that plays in every day life.
The rappers who are still talked about today and those who are named when people are asked who influenced them, remain relevant for a reason. Do you know how talented you have/had to be to remain relevant and respected years later? Do you think the artists today are going to have the impact? Or will it still be those before them? I’m just saying, the rappers from back then had range and brought awareness with their lyrics. And yes I’m speaking about women, because that is what the question was originally about. Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Lauryn Hill … and so on. Even little Kim wrote verses that spoke on real stuff. Go listen to the song “Can’t hold us down” by Christina ft. Lil Kim. I want rappers who are the voice for the voiceless.
Now I’m not trying to knock anyones hustle/craft. I just believe the rap game has changed and hope that one day it gets back to hardcore lyrics and lyrics that are saying something. I want those with talent to start getting the shine it absolutely deserves. BRING TALENT BACK BECAUSE WHAT WE HAVE NOW IS BORING. I said what I said.
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