Black Women in Rap Essay

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Back That Ass Up: A Discussion of Black Women in Rap …You can put it in your mouth I said your mothafuckin mouth I said your mothafuckin mouth And you could just eat me out What do ya choose to lick? You could eat me out Pussy or dick? Within the booming business that has become the rap world, certain musical themes and issues are more prevalent than most. In addition to such topics as drugs, alcohol and police brutality, a dominant theme within rap music is the denigration and derision of women. Indeed, as the above lyrics to Akinyele's song “Put It in your Mouth” illustrate, many male rappers use violent and misogynistic lyrics to create an image of women that is both degrading and disgusting. The graphic…show more content…
This paper will focus on the role of the black female rapper and her place as an artist, musician and woman in relation to black feminist dialogue, the music industry and her male counterparts. It will deal with black feminist thought and theories, and how they relate to black female rappers and their “place” within the rap music world. Black feminist theory will be employed while discussing two case studies as models of the rap industry in order to foster thought and questions about the role of male dominance, misogyny and economics within rap culture. It will be used to discuss the current “state” of black masculinity, and the thought of emasculation through white cultural supremacy and dominance. Within this discussion will be a brief overview of the cultural heritage and history of rap music as background information, including a history of rap's growth and implications as an art form and as a political vehicle in a world still dominated by men and racism. The lyrics of two rap songs as illustrations and examples of the rap world will be discussed, specifically Queen Latifah's “Ladies First” from her 1989 album All Hail the Queen , as well as Akinyele's “Put It in Your Mouth” from his album Aktapuss: The Soundtrack. The lyrics of these songs will be addressed in great detail in the venue of black feminist thought, misogyny and modern American culture. Background
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