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Video: Women In Hip-Hop
December 6, 2007

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS7IzvDkdcM[/youtube]
Flat out, this is bullSHIT.  I'm tired of this "hip-hop" objectifies women.  Yeah it does.... but if these women didn't agree to get into these situations, then we wouldn't be talking about this right now. Straight up, men, hip-hop artists video directors aren't these females parents.  If the women didn't apply to appear in these videos (which they always will), then the hoes wouldn't appear.  Plain and simple.   Quit trying to blame someone for the video chicks... they had to sign on the dotted line to get into the video.

There are differences between us and I'm getting really tired of the media and everyone else trying to blur that idea.  Women are going to have a harder time in a business dominated by males and you will never EVER change that.  For the most part, you know as well as I do, for a woman to try and make it in a man's business, of course it's gonna be tough.  Just as it would be tough for a man to make it in a women's business.  I'm not saying women are weaker than men by any means or vice versa... I'm saying it's a natural makeup of checks and balances.  We all have our strengths and weaknesses and we shouldn't feel bad about celebrating our differences.  There's nothing wrong with that.  So if a woman wants to get on a video and shake what God has given her on a video and get paid... then let her.  She has a choice not to if she doesn't want to. 

And to the comment about this "affecting our children"?  Is it the video director or artist's fault?  Hell no.  Parents need to be parents and talk to their kids about this stuff and either block MTV or explain that those videos are no more real than Star Wars.  Being a grown man, I know I can't go into a club and start grabbin' ass and pour liquor on women... because I know the difference between a video and real life.  (well... scratch that, I can because Im a fuckin rock star...  but the average joe cant....). 

This stuff continues because sex sells.  Why?  Because men want to procreate.  We want to see ass and titties because it gives us a rush...naturally we wanna make babies.  It's hard wired into our damn brains.  That will NEVER change.  So porn will continue to sell, ass will continue to appear in videos, and strip clubs will continue to flourish.  Nothing you can do about it.  Unless you find a way to make this entire human race asexual.

*breath*

So to Kevin Powell, quit trying to "fix" something that is simply natural.  You may not want to, but men want to hump.  You aren't God, you're a magazine writer. 

To Irv Gotti.... continue speaking the truth.  "Find your happiness"....perfect.

Melyssa Ford, damn girl you're fine as hell.  All in your sexy ass business suit and all that *cough* I mean, good work.  You basically re-iterated what everyone already knows.

Kendra G.... you added absolutely nothing to this argument.  At all.

P.S. The whole intro to the Female rappers segment is laughable.  Lauren Hill hasn't dropped an album because she found God, Allah or Budah and went insane.  Eve hasn't dropped because Dre is a perfectionist... (see the Bishop Lamont Interview on Episode 56 of the HoodHype show).  Foxy was on of the first platinum selling female artists out there... (without a man by her side).  And Lil Kim, well shes just a frankensteins monster... I got nothin.

[tags]Irv Gotti, Kevin Powell, Melyssa Ford, Kendra G, Karrine Steffans[/tags]



  • trex

    It’s nice to hide behind this facade, but of course, it isn’t quite as black and white as you make it out to be. Of course women have a choice, but is it really that simple to say no? What if they’re livelihood depended on it? How easy is it for you to quit your job when you’re so dependent on it? Just a thought…

    On affecting children – I agree, parents shouldn’t be letting their kids consume. But that doesn’t mean the rest of us have to suffer. I mean would you let your kids watch porn? Same principle here.

    As for female rappers, I think they were spot on when they said every female rapper has been introduced by a male counterpart. Can’t think of any big exceptions – b.i.g & lil kim, J.D. & Da Brat, Lauryn Hill & Fugees, Missy & Timbo, Rah Digga & Flipmode, Eve & Ruff-Ryders/Roots…maybe Queen Latifah?

    I don’t have answers

  • trex

    It’s nice to hide behind this facade, but of course, it isn’t quite as black and white as you make it out to be. Of course women have a choice, but is it really that simple to say no? What if they’re livelihood depended on it? How easy is it for you to quit your job when you’re so dependent on it? Just a thought…

    On affecting children – I agree, parents shouldn’t be letting their kids consume. But that doesn’t mean the rest of us have to suffer. I mean would you let your kids watch porn? Same principle here.

    As for female rappers, I think they were spot on when they said every female rapper has been introduced by a male counterpart. Can’t think of any big exceptions – b.i.g & lil kim, J.D. & Da Brat, Lauryn Hill & Fugees, Missy & Timbo, Rah Digga & Flipmode, Eve & Ruff-Ryders/Roots…maybe Queen Latifah?

    I don’t have answers

  • trex

    Interesting that Queen Latifah’s U.N.I.T.Y from 1993 has even more relevance today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prhF6LE89z4

  • trex

    Interesting that Queen Latifah’s U.N.I.T.Y from 1993 has even more relevance today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prhF6LE89z4

  • yes it is that simple to say no. if you choose a profession… then thats just it… you chose it.

    if they wanna shake their ass and titties in a video… it was their choice. if they wanna act, then go for it.. but dont act like shaking your ass in a video is your only way to get into show business… many did it before these females the old fashioned way… hard ass work.

    its not like these women were sucked into this “profession”. They chose it. They had a choice not to.

    i agree hell no i wouldnt let my kids watch porn. i wouldnt let tehm watch these videos… unless they were 16 or 18… furthermore, id make sure that id educate the kid… that these women are paid.. and its all bullshit. but if you dont wanna see teh ass shaking. shut it off. you have a choice. obviously LOTS of people ARENT shutting it off… which is why the directors and artists keep making them. the demand is there.

    you have a good point on the female rappers though.. .its true.

  • yes it is that simple to say no. if you choose a profession… then thats just it… you chose it.

    if they wanna shake their ass and titties in a video… it was their choice. if they wanna act, then go for it.. but dont act like shaking your ass in a video is your only way to get into show business… many did it before these females the old fashioned way… hard ass work.

    its not like these women were sucked into this “profession”. They chose it. They had a choice not to.

    i agree hell no i wouldnt let my kids watch porn. i wouldnt let tehm watch these videos… unless they were 16 or 18… furthermore, id make sure that id educate the kid… that these women are paid.. and its all bullshit. but if you dont wanna see teh ass shaking. shut it off. you have a choice. obviously LOTS of people ARENT shutting it off… which is why the directors and artists keep making them. the demand is there.

    you have a good point on the female rappers though.. .its true.

  • InTheBlack

    J-Mack & others,

    I agree that every individual has a choice to make; what happens when the choice is really coercion? No one makes an 18 year old young lady sign a contract to pose sexually provocative in music video or film, yet is that still true when the young lady is still beautiful but mentally she doesn’t understand the negative or derogatory impact of her actions on herself, her family and her community!

    I can say as a “Street Pharmacist” that I didn’t force that 15 year old teen to get hooked up and strung out on crack, meth and ecstacy… yet the truth is that I (and many others like me) prey on the weak and scour for the defenseless because they don’t realize that they’re sheep for the slaughter!!! Socio-economics is one tactic; less money you have… come see me and I got ya lick waiting on you, you don’t really feel beautiful inside… come see me, I got “Johns” lined up to show you what love’s got to do with it (sexploitation)! When I know that the cards are stacked against you, I pose as your “Friend” when in reality I’m your “Fiend” and my victims that I can take advantage of is my only concern.

    Truth be told, Irv Gotti is a “Hypocrite”… it’s alright for his daughter to possibly be in a music video with an up-and-coming Rap Star but “ain’t no one going to pour Champagne on her!!!” Why not Gotti?! That’s what y’all cats do!!!

    Let’s go back and get historical with this… back in the early 1940’s and 50’s individuals was screaming inequalities and injustice regarding the treatment of other human beings both academically and socially. Yet there was this movement that individuals got behind that said “Separate is NOT Equal” and Injustice in any form is wrong even though the Laws such as the “Grandfather Clause and Jim Crow” were legally written in the books! Someone in their righteous mind said that Inequality on any level towards women, children or men of any nationality, race, creed or color is WRONG!

    So J-Mack and others reading this… always remember that just because EVIL can look good, sound good and taste good doesn’t make it GOOD! Ask Jim Jones when he told his converts to drink the kool-aid… Evil is still Poison to the soul and it still KILLS no matter who the recipient is…

  • InTheBlack

    J-Mack & others,

    I agree that every individual has a choice to make; what happens when the choice is really coercion? No one makes an 18 year old young lady sign a contract to pose sexually provocative in music video or film, yet is that still true when the young lady is still beautiful but mentally she doesn’t understand the negative or derogatory impact of her actions on herself, her family and her community!

    I can say as a “Street Pharmacist” that I didn’t force that 15 year old teen to get hooked up and strung out on crack, meth and ecstacy… yet the truth is that I (and many others like me) prey on the weak and scour for the defenseless because they don’t realize that they’re sheep for the slaughter!!! Socio-economics is one tactic; less money you have… come see me and I got ya lick waiting on you, you don’t really feel beautiful inside… come see me, I got “Johns” lined up to show you what love’s got to do with it (sexploitation)! When I know that the cards are stacked against you, I pose as your “Friend” when in reality I’m your “Fiend” and my victims that I can take advantage of is my only concern.

    Truth be told, Irv Gotti is a “Hypocrite”… it’s alright for his daughter to possibly be in a music video with an up-and-coming Rap Star but “ain’t no one going to pour Champagne on her!!!” Why not Gotti?! That’s what y’all cats do!!!

    Let’s go back and get historical with this… back in the early 1940’s and 50’s individuals was screaming inequalities and injustice regarding the treatment of other human beings both academically and socially. Yet there was this movement that individuals got behind that said “Separate is NOT Equal” and Injustice in any form is wrong even though the Laws such as the “Grandfather Clause and Jim Crow” were legally written in the books! Someone in their righteous mind said that Inequality on any level towards women, children or men of any nationality, race, creed or color is WRONG!

    So J-Mack and others reading this… always remember that just because EVIL can look good, sound good and taste good doesn’t make it GOOD! Ask Jim Jones when he told his converts to drink the kool-aid… Evil is still Poison to the soul and it still KILLS no matter who the recipient is…

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