Stand Up! We’re Not the Only Ones Disgusted with the Lack of Women in Hip-Hop

j_grae.jpgMore and more, there is a rising sense of indignation about the lack of women in hip-hop that we at SoulBounce have been voicing for a while now. Over at Jezebel there is a post that raises the question "Doesn't Anyone Miss Having Ladies in Hip-Hop?" (Obvious, short answer: yes.) In it the author voices concern about the decline of women's access to a genre that once wasn't such "boys club." There is also a mention of a Slate article dealing with the same issues.

Where women have gone and why, I believe, are questions that if left
unanswered will function as a death knell for the hip-hop we knew,
know, and struggle to still love. The silence of major media and of
hip-hop audiences--mainstream and otherwise--on this issue is not
just a sign of acceptance but also an active disavow of the talent,
struggles, and importance of women's voices. Period. It's a veritable
equity embargo that, amid such momentous change and proof that
grassroots movements are effective, is frighteningly unmoving. It
affirms my peaking ambivalence toward hip-hop as a woman, frustrated
not only with the decline in quality all around but also the
self-hating undertones of being a fan of something so flagrantly
exclusionary. [H/T: Jezebel]

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    I'm gonna keep it real if women are gonna kick the same BS that a lot of these male rappers are kicking then no, I dont wanna see more female MC's. Besides for Jean, Invincible and a couple of other women, the rest are garbage. Hip hop doesnt need anymore Lil Kims and Remy Ma's. it's bad enough that dude be degrading women as it is, but to have women talking about getting ate out and designer bags in just plain retarded. Latifah, Lyte, Monie Luv, where are you ladies? come on ma, stand up and bring real hip hop back for the ladies.

  2. OK...this topic is getting a little redundant.

  3. I have to agree the female voice is somthing missed in hip-hop. there just isn't the same variety since i prefer to listen to a select few now?

  4. @ WTF on this topic's "redundancy":
    Isn't that ultimately the point, though? Honestly, compared to past year, this is the first year that any noise has really been made on this topic by mainstream media outlets. Isn't the point also ultimately that unless more noise is heard, this topic will fade in to obscurity, like the notion of comparing white and Black rappers to determine who is better?
    Quite frankly, there will never, ever be enough noise made about this topic until it too becomes obsolete because some sort of equality between the sexes in Hip Hop has been attained. In fact, I look forward to even more redundancy until I become just as annoyed with it as you seem to be.

  5. The hip hop culture center in Harlem just had a conference on the impact of women in hip hop. The unknown talent performing was phenomenal! It was all that people have been missing from the hip hop scene. As was said in a previous comment, I am hoping that the change in the tone in this country will play a large role in the cultural changes as well -- primarily the types of music we are presented with. Here is more about the event in Harlem

  6. You know what else is getting a little redundant? General ignorance to this issue; the lack of any signs that the virtual non-presence of women in hip hop will soon change; the cavalier approval of the false idea that hip hop is a meritocracy and that women should just "work harder" to get shine; the implication that by repeating stories of inequity they somehow lose their relevance; exasperated, annoyed and anonymous comments that affirm exactly why stories like this are worth repeating.

  7. Obviously this topic isn't redundant enough, because we haven't seen any major changes as far as the female presence in hip hop. However, I can sense a change coming simply based on the fact that online media is hot with this topic. If the puppetmasters behind the music had any sort of common sense they would see that the lack of female voices in hip hop is a huge void and fulfill it. In the words of Kanye, "we don't wanna hear that weak shit no more...

  8. i was such a big fan of so many of the ladies that were doing it in the past, that it's very sad to not have that female presence and point of view now. i can't help but be a little sad when i play a "Down to Earth," "Kollage," "All Hail the Queen" or "A Salt with A Deadly Pepa" and know that in terms of overall quality, star power and success, no one is doing it on that level now. NO ONE! there's so many reasons for that. all i know is there has to be a shift. this is not about having females rocking for the sake of seeing them, or just for the money. as Stoneyisland suggested, there were many garbage female rappers at the tail end of the movement, and they were successful. this conversation has to be about hip-hop in general as well. i think we are moving into a more positive era in hip-hop in general. more and more people are beginning to demand quality, and equality goes right along with that. i believe that females (and any other group seeking to make inroads within the genre) will benefit from this shift. i think it will become easier for the ladies to get shine, whether they go major or opt for independence. it's just going to be a matter of time before we see a real change. thank God for Soulbounce and other media outlets that remain devoted to this subject. we are helping to speed up this process. how could anyone be growing tired of this discussion? you're part of the problem, really.

  9. kooley high
    a female emcee and two male emcees
    she was influenced by queen latifia, mc lyte and lauryn hill
    they're new but are the future
    they just got out of the studio with idris elba and 9th wonder
    i'm excited for what's next.