The majority of the individuals who occupy musical spaces are women- they flow with consistent changes and claim territory within this ambiguous industry. Artists like Rico Nasty, Noname, and Jill Scott are just some of the many black female musicians who write music based off of their personal history with sex and feminine journeys. Although the masses are re embracing
female sexuality in rap, there is an ongoing conversation centered around how women are being too “vulgar” or “sexual”. The idea that women are being too “sexual” reinforces the idea that female sexuality should be nonexistent or stagnant.
Female rappers like Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Foxy Brown and Lil Kim stand as pioneers for not only women, but the hip hop community. In Latifah’s early years, she based her artistry off of the black experience, female sexualty and misogyny. In her song, “Turn You On”, she blatantly expressed her frustration with men who assumed they could have sex with her just becasue she is a woman.
People feel enraged because black women have taken ownership over themselves. Black women have never been allowed to admire themselves, their skin which glows with ambiguous shades, big lips, wide noses. If black women have not been allowed to love themselves, then it should not come as a shock for a handful of black female artists to reverberate this internalized issue.
If male rappers could acknowledge their privilege, hop off of their chains and busted fashion nova jeans and create a dialogue about misogyny in the community, so much misogyny could be uplifted from this industry. Female rappers have yelled and taken action about their mistreatment for years, but their male counterparts have done nothing in return.