It is quite revealing that Hip-Hop, the most testosterone driven music genre in the world, is dependent on women for it’s survival. Sisters are both valuable commodities and expendable capital, used solely to raise the stature of rappers whose talent, or lack thereof, proves insufficient for success.

Decency and chivalry typically do not apply, because in the topsy-turvy world of commercialized rap, being a “real man” means acting like 7th grade girls in the gym locker room when it comes to gossip — or high school boys who are so excited by sex that they have to tell any and everyone within a 50-mile radius that they’ve “had some” or know someone who has.

This is clearly the case with D-List rapper ‘Gucci Mane,’ who is apparently trying to increase his visibility by engaging in a war of words with Young Jeezy. Never heard of either one of these fine fellows? Don’t feel bad, with all of the “Youngs” and “Manes” two-stepping around, it’s completely understandable. Gucci, or as his mother named him, Radric Davis, and Jeezy, born Jay Jenkins, have been sparring for close to a decade. According to the L.A. Times, Davis was “arrested in the shooting death of an alleged Jeezy associate after a break-in at his home. Davis claimed self-defense and was acquitted on lack of evidence.”

The bickering pair have traded insults back and forth since then, and rumor has it, that Rick Ross (The fake one, not the real one; shout out to Uncle Ricky) and Jeezy’s altercation at the BET Hip-Hop Awards brought it boiling to the surface. Matters also weren’t helped any when Jeezy called Gucci “retarded” during a radio interview.

Why, you ask? Who the hell knows; the larger point is that it could be [insert rapper's name] here and the argument always, without fail, ends up including the disrespect of a woman. For Pac and Biggie, it was Faith; for Jay and Nas, it was Carmen; for everyone else, it was Superhead. In this case, Keyshia Cole, Jeezy’s ex-girlfriend, has filled the role of lyrical punching bag:

“I did a song with Keyshia Cole and I know you still miss her / But Puff was f**king her while you was falling in love with her,” Gucci warbles.

This swing-and-a-miss attempt at manly rap diss led to Cole swiftly denying the accusation and her husband, NBA player Daniel Gibson, taking the matter to the tweets, calling Gucci a “failure,” and posting a picture of his wife, and mother of his son, with the words:

“Just when I think she can’t get anymore Beautiful. She sends me a pic like this. This why they can’t keep her name out they mouth.”

Sorry, Daniel, beautiful though she is, that’s not it. Cole was inserted into the equation because small minds resort to petty antics. There is absolutely no worthy reason for her to be thrown into what amounts to nothing more than a pissing contest for her reputation to be mauled in the court of public opinion. In trying to anger Jeezy, all Gucci managed to do was disrespect a married woman and her family — and once again prove that ignorance, sexism and misogyny are alive and well in substance free rap being marketed as Hip-Hop to the masses.

True, it extends well beyond music. Woman in the role of property to be fought over, slept with, then discarded is nothing new. That’s how these boys in men’s clothing define manhood. By how many women they can “cut,” “smash,” disrespect and disregard so other men look up to them and want to be them. Unfortunately, though, this mentality has metastasized throughout Hip-Hop. Women are routinely reduced to rap battle collateral, with no thought to the residual damage in their lives.

The sad truth is the continual degeneration of Hip-Hop through the exploitation of women is a reflection of our communities, which is often a reflection of our homes — where young boys often have no reflection of manhood. Commercialized rap will continue to be a breeding ground for sexism as long as these “artists” are rewarded for disrespecting women with radio rotation and album deals and not even a semblance of accountability. Without women, rap as we know it would cease to exist — which isn’t a bad thing — and with that much of a controlling stake in any business, we should let it be known that we are more, much more, than tangible manifestations of male egos.

As for this current situation? Mr. Radric Davis should probably examine his lame display of male bravado and figure out why he believes gossiping about the sex lives of other adults, and insulting women on wax, makes him look anything but pathetic.

Do better, Mr. Davis. The cycle has to end somewhere.

And in the words of the incomparable Ms. Lauryn Hill:

“Even after all my logic and my theory, I add a muthaf*cka so you ig’nant [rappers] hear me.”

31 Comments

  1. This right here gets a gold star.

    0
  2. PAPI MORENITO

    English may not be my first language but …for IT’S survival??? You should write …for ITS survival. No apostrophe here, IT’S is a contracted form of IT IS. It kills me everytime I see these quote unquote typos on this site.

    Anyway, is there a plausible reason why you said Rick Ross (The fake one, not the real one; shout out to Uncle Ricky)? Some of these rappers look up to criminals and adopt their name. 50 Cent did the same and so have plenty others. So Ross is not fake, he’s just using a rap name.

    Battles, beefs, trash talking is part of Rap music, and that is probably never going to change. So you better get used to it.

    0
    • leelah

      it’s is also used to indicate ownership.

      0
  3. Comment

    As usual, whenever a woman rightly brings up the ridiculous nature of modern day hip hop you have males who run to the ignorant rappers’ defense. Don’t fall for it anymore ladies, these types have a vested interest in keeping women oppressed by this music.

    0
  4. Yeh

    why not single out corporate rap as the only example of degenerate popular culture. I mean, after all corporate rap is the only cultural entity in america that promotes capitalist wealth accumulation, individualism, homophobia, gun culture and turf war women as possessions . . . . . and the list goes on

    Corporate Rap is like the picture of Dorian Grey, a portrait of america as it really is, that shatters the wholesome illusion it sees when it looks in the mirror.

    0
  5. This was a good article and the author made some very relevant points. I consider myself a hip hop enthusiast and i must say i am disappointed with where the genre is heading. My only disappointment was that the writer, while criticizing said rappers on disrespecting women, was doing some disrespecting herself. And i still can’t get over that “shout out to Uncle Ricky line”. Her line about Hip-Hop being “the most testosterone driven music genre in the world” was unfortunate because if i had said you needed testosterone to be a good rapper, i would have been labelled a sexist.

    Some of the replies have also insulted the appearance of certain rappers (Weezy was likened to an alien). How people can justify criticizing people for disrespecting others and then proceeding to do some disrespecting themselves is beyond me. Ignorance cannot be cured by name-calling.

    Now you have to understand that Rick Ross disrespecting women does not make him any less of a successful artist or businessman. These rappers do what they think they have to to make the most money. Jay Z used to rap about ‘Hoes’ until he saw that he could be much more if he stepped up his subject matter. There has to be a paradigm shift in the thinking of the fans in order for our music to take the next step.

    Popular music reflects the thinking of its time and sadly, these are the times we live in.

    0
Comments are moderated, please be respectful. View our policy.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

More in feature, Hip-Hop
Close