Like De La Soul said back in ’96, the stakes is high!! We are at a crucial point in urban music. The turning point. I feel like it’s really coming back to the lyrics. Coming back to the substance, to the MC. It’s not there yet but we on the way. Cats like Lupe, Wale, J. Cole, and Phonte are starting to get more pub than their pop counterparts. At least for the fellas the outlook has a platinum lining. But what about the fate of the female MC? True, they rarely equaled the status or acclaim of male MC’s, but there was a time when they at least held their own on the mic. There are even a few examples of female MC’s soning dudes (see the real Roxanne, and Queen Latifah’s response to Apache’s gansta bitch)
Now….meh! It’s more like they are better qualified to swallow a “mic” than hold one. And it’s not just the female MC’s, but their clones I mean fans too. I mean Nikki and Trina talk slick but these chicks live it! Im so tired of this barbie movement and these pink lace fronts and the girls with booty shots (that ain’t that bad). I just don’t get it. I’ll admit that I’m just being a hater when it comes to the fashion and hairstyles, but what I really have a hard time understanding is the proliferation of the word Bitch. This ain’t all Nikki’s fault (it probably has more to do with Webbie than anyone else), sisters been calling each other bitches, hoes, and waynches ever since I could remember. But they used to do it on the low, sorta. And God forbid that anyone outside of their click utter the word, that was a perfect reason to put hands on somebody. There was a time when dudes would not call a sister a bitch for fear of losing ther life, now it’s the ultimate compliment! I hear cats say, “man you got a bad bitch” or “my bitch always holds me down”. And these comments were made in the presence of their gals and followed by a hug and a smile!!! WTH is going on? *Ron Isley voice* Hardcore rap has always degraded women and always caught hell for it. And Lil’ Kim and Foxy were always pretty gutter with their lyrics, but they really caught hell for it. They had fans, but it wasn’t the same. They were not going around bragging about how they could match Kim’s feet of fitting a Sprite Can down her throat. It was more about freedom of speech. More about, why can the guys rap about their sexuality and women can’t.
It is becoming more common for women of color or urban residents to compliment each other by bestowing the title of Bad Bitch. They even take it further by bragging on their breed, mixed or pure. Are we talking about pit bulls here? Why is it ok to be the baddest bitch? Why are you bragging about being a mixed breed? How I long for the days when Queen Latifah told dudes she would bust him in the face if he called her a bitch. I know times change, but change is not always good. I’m not sure it’s a positive thing to call yourself a bitch or strive to be a bad bitch. I’m certain that it does something to your sub conscious and willing to bet that it significantly affects the way men treat you and their expectations of you. And it’s a fact that sisters that got lil something going for themselves will think you are setting black women back 30 years. Know this, run up on a woman in my circle and call her a bitch and she will be calling me for bail money.
Is it a matter of pride or self esteem? Is it similar to how some brothas try to put a positive spin on nigga? Can someone please help me understand.