Ladies, Get Over The Grammys And Start Rapping
Now that I finally figured out what happened with Iggy Azalea, I made the mistake of going online a couple days after the Grammy Awards, and now it is clear no one knows what is real anymore.
Instead of getting sucked into all this musical criticism, let's explore the broader theme of why rap as a genre generally avoids propagating feminist rhetoric!
It isn’t because artists risk projecting a cliché spirit of retribution for all the sins inflicted by the Patriarchy. Originality is not often concerned with the Patriarchy. It's outdated! Plus poets can't afford to keep having kids who steal their thunder.
Is it because overly sensitive listeners who already struggle to feel respected in their workplaces and communities due to their gender or race or religion or what-have-you need to learn the value of suffering? Maybe it boosts the metabolism! If rap is winning Grammys, that means women have been writing it for centuries with their (our) blood.
Maybe we don't care about winning because we're still bleeding love for Leona Lewis, who would have won a Grammy for sure if she lived on this side of the Pond. My heart's crippled by the opportunities they keep on closing to millionaires.
Maybe the first American rapper to win Best Album won't be there to accept it because she is at her son's little league game, basketball game, or chess tournament. Or her husband's funeral, after he accidentally uses the B word near her producer. Boys will be boys!
Basically women need to get over being the subject of so much genre-enhancing garbage.
Rap doesn't need feminism, because it would kill the mood.
Plus there are already a lot of rappers writing for the underdog, for the Trumped-up masses of wounded lives waiting for warriors to get it and get them and not just in a social-media-crazed, hypertensive way like our reactive peers have perfected: they’re tapping into the deeper streams of wisdom that permeate previous work.
The only obvious reason I can think of is that we might abuse the power. After all, rap is about keeping us in our place, people. Who needs a Grammy for saying that?