Is Kanye Getting a Pass for Sexism?

by The Grio

Kanye WestKanye West’s new album Yeezus is full of explicit, sexual braggadocio just like all of his other albums and all of the misogynistic tropes will likely be barely mentioned in the media in favor of long, whimsically worded musings on the album’s production and the rapper’s legendary ego.

But it’s hard to gloss over lyrics like “Black girl sippin’ white wine/put my fist in her like a civil rights sign” or “Eating Asian pu**y/All I need was sweet and sour sauce.”

Or how about this little gem from the “feel good” track “Bound 2” at the end of the album? “One good girl is worth a thousand b*tches.”  How poignant. Surely he whispers that girl-power anthem to hisnewborn daughter every night before bed.

Where’s the ‘Rick Ross’ treatment

Academic and media personality Marc Lamont Hill tweeted that Kanye seems to have a “visceral hate for women other than Donda West,” his late mother.  Agreed. And I say that as a fan of Kanye West. I think he is brilliant and I also think he’s a misogynistic knuckle-dragger.

West will likely not get the Rick Ross treatment for this album. Part of that is because Kanye does get a “pass” of sorts from a lot of people just on the strength that he is a talented artist. In a musical landscape where it seems most rappers slide out of bed, roll a blunt and mumble into a microphone for their latest platinum single, Kanye seems to be a perfectionist who is serious about his craft.  You might not like what he puts out, but he at least seems to care about it.

The other reason that Kanye will not be Rick Rossed is that misogynistic lyrics are nothing new to hip-hop, so even though he has some terribly offensive lines on this album about women, the sentiments he expresses are unfortunately a staple in much of hip-hop. The difference with Rick Ross was the rape aspect.

For whatever reason, hip-hop fans will accept women being called anything but women (b*tches, hoes, sluts, etc), and hip-hop fans by and large seem a-okay with women being objectified; however a lack of consent crosses the line.

Taking misogyny to absurd lengths

So, Kanye can rap all day about b*tches and fisting and whatever awful/racist/WTF-ish things he’d like to do to a woman, but as long as consent is a non-issue, it is unlikely that Kanye would lose any potential deals or endorsements.  He told us a long time ago he was looking for a “blonde d*ke” and nobody batted an eye.  West being a chest-thumping neanderthal when it comes to women is not news.

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  • Power

    He’s an artist. Not anyone voted into office. He owes nobody anything if you are offended stop listening and don’t support him. He has the right to express himself as he sees fit.

  • Eva

    I agree and that’s why I stopped listening.

  • Gina

    I’m not really offended because I don’t take him seriously.

  • Garry Shepard

    Kanye career been over since his first album the only thing he got going is that dude can dress lyrically he’s garbage I rather listen to Common

  • Orange Starr Happy Hunting

    Males with that much hatred toward women strike me as closeted individuals, who are angry because they are not women and or because they are sexually attracted to men.

  • Truth

    You’re right his production is always on point, lyrically, he’s definitely hit or miss for me. And this is one of the reasons why.

  • http:tontonmichel.tumblr.com Tonton Michel

    Errrr no blaming mothers for absent fathers is the ticket.

  • Marisa

    This is a topic that could apply to so many in the entertainment business that, it would take a lifetime to answer. The entertainment business since the beginning has been geared towards the objectification of women/sexism, female empowerment is not a high priority on the list. I will say though is that at least in the 80′s and what I feel is the greatest time for hip hop the 90′s, we at least had some variety with the artist, more than I can say now. Also from when Kanye first started to where he is now, he has basically become everything he claimed to despise. Off topic I hope for that baby sake her name really is NOT North West, that has to be a joke and Yeezy and Easy are just tolling everybody lol. Also Chris Rock said it best women are the biggest audiences of a lot of the foulest tasteless things, the argument was always the same “He aint talking about me”.

  • Orange Starr Happy Hunting

    LOL

  • MimiLuvs

    IMO, I think Kanye receives a “pass” (because who knows… someone might be staging a protest right now) because he doesn’t appear to be a “misogynist”.

  • mEE

    no one said he didn’t. we also have the right to express our opinion of his “artistry”

  • Mixedgirl

    First off LOL @ “How poignant. Surely he whispers that girl-power anthem to his newborn daughter every night before bed.” I think about that with a lot of rappers, one in for instance, Snoop Dogg. I just want to be like, what if someone was saying that about YOUR daughter. I just dont get it, treat others like you want yourself and your loved one to be treated… Especially the woman in your life…

  • Jobless Folks

    It amazes me how people who want to be taken seriously completely lack any knack for critical assessment. Kanye West is an artist. A highly prolific and evocative one at that. This is a free country. No one shoves content down your throat. The probability of Mr. West’s daughter sharing a lot of the neuroses that plagues this zone hovers around zero.

    Stop sweating people that have achieved more than you ever will, and find something productive to do with your lives.

  • BriA

    no one is offended because those songs aren’t getting played on the radio……a lot of people aren’t going to listen to his album like that -hell I’m not and I’m not a big fan of his – so people wouldn’t know what his lyrics contain unless it gets played on the internet
    And he may have sexist things but hell he ain’t talking about rape -that’s a difference- he’s talking about sex and what a lot of rappers do but not rape

  • lhoskins

    gah-ross.

  • Cocochanel31

    I’m actually over these nasty and trifling lyrics. I don’t know if its because I’m 30 but they are vile, juvenile and immature. I don’t listen to most hip hop anymore.

    Was at an 80′s/90′s party over the weekend and just felt so bad for the kids of today. Our rap/party music was just so much more fun imo. Was it still misogynistic to an extent, yes but at least not EVERY SONG AND NOT AS VULGAR.

    This stuff they write about now and just pure GARBAGE and I cannot subject my psyche to it any longer. Doesn’t sit well with my Spirit at all.

  • Cocochanel31

    Wearing kilt and leather pants is considered “dressing” ..oh.

  • Miss A

    Kanye is a klown……LOL

  • Black Womanist

    “hip-hop fans will accept women being called anything but women (b*tches, hoes, sluts, etc),” Hip-hop fans accept that language because they are perhaps the only people to publicly acknowledge that SOME women behave in an undesirable manner (b*tches) and engage in extremely risque sexual behavior (hoes, sluts, etc). Let’s stop sanitizing femininity and admit that some among us do us a tremendous dis-service.

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