Leaps and Bounds in Hip-Hop

(I’ve been staring at blog template designs for the last hour and a half for the new blog launch next week, so please excuse any incoherence that seeps in here.)

“I want people—especially young girls—to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You’ve got to have something else to go with that.” - Nicki Minaj

Now that I have a radio in my car again, I find myself listening to more and more new songs, especially hip-hop. I still have to change the channel when certain songs came on that were particularly offensive to me as a woman (see: Akon/David Guetta- Sexy Bitch). But, slowly, I’ve also noticed that certain songs are making enormous changes in how they represent women. I’ve just been so sick of feeling like women are vehicles for male sexual fantasies or aggressions or even just props for their own ambitions.

So I’m really happy every time “Fancy” by Drake and Swizz Beats comes on. Or “Miss Independent” by Ne-Yo. Sure, these songs are full of superficial drivel, but they also contain really hopeful messages for women, supporting the millions of us who aren’t waiting around for someone else to sweep us off our feet and take care of all of our problems.

Intelligent too, ooh you my sweetheart
I’ve always liked my women book and street smart
Long as they got a little class like half-days
And the confidence to overlook my past ways

Time heals all, and heels hurt to walk in
But they go with the clutch that you carry your lip gloss in
And, look, I really think nobody does it better
I love the way that you put it together

Mature women with more than me were the first to tempt me
And Jason had this girl Tami with a purple Bentley
How she got it, I ain’t never get to ask
I just knew that she was fine like a ticket on the dash
Yeah, but shout out to the homeowners
And girl that got diplomas and enough money to loan us
A little something extra, should we ever need it
If this sounds like you then let me hear you repeat it…

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