Last week a hashtag began trending on Twitter entitled ‘#FemaleRapStreamingParty’ geared towards women in hip hop, current and OG. The trend started by user @Wannasworld who for 24 hours, live streamed upcoming female artists and referenced original albums from Queen Latifah and Eve to remind us that “n***as ain’t shit” and women run the world.
We need more U N I T Y. This continuous event is meant to bring not only exposure to female emcees but also to show the collaboration (and support) the media doesn’t usually cover. More importantly though, #FemaleRapStreamingParty proves that females aren’t alone and Nicki Minaj didn’t “pave the way” for upcoming artists. Instead, this playlist alone focuses on the sexual empowerment and personal success achieved as a female in hip hop decades ago.
I spent some time recently over on The Lunch Table discussing where female empowerment is falling short in hip hop, and why women have categorized other females as “hoes” or “bitches” to put their own music on a pedestal, Although I included Rihanna in that discussion as a female usually seen in public with men or alone, her style can be contributed to Eve’s strength in songs like ‘Let Me Blow Ya Mind’, and the power of standing alone without men at our sides.
On the other hand though, one thing this generation of queens did well is celebrating strong, good men. Salt N Pepa said it best on ‘Whatta Man’;
“I want to take a minute or two, and give much respect due / To the man that’s made a difference in my world / And although most men are ho’s, he flows on the down low / ‘Cause I never heard about him with another girl / But I don’t sweat it because it’s just pathetic / To let it get me involved in that he said she said crowd / I know that ain’t nobody perfect / I give props to those who deserve it”
As much as artists today try, hip hop is against itself. As a rapper or singer, you’re on your own on the microphone – your voice is truly the only that matters from one song to the next. And most artists take the time to degrade their exes, call out Scrubs and settle beef with a fellow emcees. If we saw less of this, and more celebration of each other on some tracks – maybe listeners will start to see more of the Golden Era of Hip Hop. This is not to say doing it on your own isn’t applaudable, because I know i’d never spit bars in front of anyone, but working collaboratively with other like-minded individuals or taking inspiration from experiences other than personal ones, allows artists and listeners alike to flourish creatively and influence more of the conversation.
The female artists (rap and R&B alike) highlighted in this playlist and using the hashtag to promote their hard work, are continuing to break barriers by simply stepping into the studio and transforming into storytellers of unapologetic conversations. And if you don’t agree, you can ‘Suck My D**k’ like Lil Kim once said.