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Feminist Ethnography Essay

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In the book, The History of Rap and Hip-Hop, rapper Fabolous states, “She did not have a sexual image when she got on the mic she was spitting like a dude, like a real MC (Baker 46).” From a male viewpoint, being a sexual rapper did not gain female rappers respect. If a woman wanted to be considered a serious rapper then she had to not only act the part but dress it as well. In contrast to MC Lyte and Latifah’s rugged style and demeanor, Salt-n-Pepa displayed their femininity in a non-pornographic, yet sensual manner that complimented their feminist rhymes. The all-female rap crew helped to pave the way for women in hip hop. “Tramp,” “Push it” and “Shoop” are songs that encouraged their pro-feminist lyrics that advocated sexual liberation and women independence. “Shoop” revealed how female rappers were able flip the script on male rappers, permitting the men to presume the role as the prey (sex objects) and the women to be the predator. Their “fly girl (Keyes 269)” image, made Salt-n-Pepa more socially acceptable for women to be sexually expressive without being explicit. Furthermore, not all female artists carried themselves like Salt-n-Pepa or Queen…show more content…
“Brenda Gotta Baby” which is a song by Shakur, addressed the social issues that were affecting the African-American youth in the inner city, while focusing on teenage pregnancy and welfare. Shakur also created an anthem titled “Keep Ya Head Up” which was dedicated to Black women who were struggling. He displayed in the lyrical content how he understands the challenges African-American women are faced with all the while encouraging them to keep their heads up during a trying situation. The song served as a defense mechanism for single mothers that were on public assistance that were being constantly ridiculed by mainstream media and referred to as “welfare queens.” Shakur worked hard to convey the message that women do
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