Unfortunately, I have a case of terminal whiteness (Things Ozy Has Literally Said: “That 99 Problems is a nice song!”), so I haven’t talked much about rap music here, what with the not knowing anything about it or anything. However, recently, a couple of interesting anti-kyriarchy and rap music things have shown up on my desk.
First, this is a very interesting analysis at Racialicious by a hip-hop fan about sexism in rap music. In particular, I really like her avoiding a simplistic “gangsta rap is misogynistic!” argument (which, of course, it all too often is)* and instead looking at the reasons that gangsta rap is misogynistic. Within an environment of anti-black racism and without positive male role models, all too many black men and boys fall prey to femmephobia and oppositional sexism: to be feminine or female, to have emotions and nurture others and respect women and avoid violence, is lesser. All of that, of course, combines with already existent problems: racialized misogyny against black women, the appetite of some white boys for endless amounts of angry misogynistic music, and the tendency of kyriarchy to recommend as the solution to every problem shitting on the head of someone more oppressed than you. Read it. It’s good.
Second, the rapper Murs has talked about homophobia in one of his songs. (Transcript available at link; trigger warning for a murder-suicide at the end of the song.) It’s… not exactly subtle, but sometimes that’s exactly what we need.
Third, a friend showed me this mashup of Beethoven’s Fifth and Golddigger, and I am pretty sure it is the most brilliant thing on the entire planet.
*Does anyone else find it amusing that a bunch of white people are always like “holy shit, gangsta rap is misogynistic, WE CAN CRITICIZE BLACK PEOPLE NOW WITHOUT BEING RACIST!” As if gangsta rap is more misogynistic than, you know, metal. Take out the beam in your own eye, white people.