Sure and I’m not defending AB’s remarks at all, but I was addressing this portion of your commentary, “Why does every woman in rap end up being…”. It is, to state the very least, a problematic statement. Why couldn’t it have just been a criticism of AB and not “every woman in rap”? Do you believe that this shit is limited to just that group? Are they some group exclusively worthy of being called out?
You didn’t have to put that there but you did and it makes it a fucked up generalization. - thenoobyorker
Obviously it doesn’t apply to every woman in rap, and obviously it’s hyperbole, but I am addressing a trend within the female rap world that’s genuinely frustrating. Absolutely, women in rap are a “group exclusively worthy of being called out.” How many Lil Kims and Nicki Minajs do we have to watch waste talent by making a career out of bickering with other artists and becoming ugly media cartoons? Why can’t chicks who put out amazing mixtapes translate it into amazing albums with any regularity? I feel like watching Azealia come up has been this exciting, empowering experience — like, “Yes! Here she is! Here is this New York voice and these ballsy lyrics and this Valley Girl intonation — here’s someone doing something different.” And the second she has an album coming out she’s suddenly beefing with Angel Haze and tweeting garbage at Perez Hilton that completely isolates her from the people who saw the 212 video a couple years ago and thought, “Finally.” It’s a very throw-your-hands-up-and-say-welp situation. It’s like none of these chicks believes she can get to the level she wants to with just her talent alone. And obviously fighting and saying dumb things publicly aren’t behaviors that are unique to women in rap, but look at the best people in the game. Jay-Z isn’t fucking with Twitter. Nas isn’t calling anyone names and getting a Pitchfork piece written about it.
I’ll use Angel Haze as an example. Angel Haze put out a mixtape a few weeks ago where, on one track, she talks about being sexually abused growing up. It’s groundbreaking just based on the subject matter, and she’s doing something new and brave and cool there, lyrically and artistically. But if the trend in the business is any indicator, she’d put out a full-length album about shining like a star and where are all the guys who know how to lick her taint and hey I have an outfit on. Then she’ll set up a residency on Ellen. I don’t think she’ll do any of those things or get that big, but also — they’ve been done. It can happen.
Clearly the initial post wasn’t my most articulate, but I don’t think I’m off-base. The world of women in mainstream rap is tiny, and most of them seem to fall into the same booby traps, and it’s frustrating. It’s frustrating to want to see yourself in these people and then have them abandon you time and again in a way that compromises their voice. That’s what I was getting at. The word “every” was not my focus. Missy Elliott forever.