Women and Rap Music Do they Mix ?
Rap music, a trademark of the hip-hop culture, is generally a man’s world. Ask anybody who the most famous rap artists are and Jay-Z, Eminem, Drake, Snoop Dog, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tupa Shakur – all male names – are on top of the list. Consequently, most rap music fans are males too, but not all. The truth is that many ladies are also into rap music. They actually listen to them, have them in their playlists, and can even rap along to the music. As with any male-dominated interests, being a female rap-music lover is almost always met with brows raised, or worse, chuckles. Men can’t seem to accept that women can seriously be interested in rap music, and if so, are thought of as just trying to impress a guy. Words like, “oh, that’s cute of you!” and “You like rap? Oh, come on!” or “that’s a good way to attract a guy!” are some of the common reactions ladies would get from confessing to their love for rap.
The thing is, men do not have an ownership of rap music. It’s insulting for women to be judged as trying to impress a guy, or trying to be wife material, just because of her love for a type of music that men naturally gravitate to.
Some of my lady friends have actually bought, listened to, and do a mean rendition of some of the most popular rap music out there. I honestly find it amazing when they do it, because, yeah, I admit to being not much of a fan, but I can appreciate a good rap every now and then. And when it’s a lady that’s dishing it out – way cool! For someone like me whose only knowledge of rap music is limited to Kanye West (and all because of Kim Kardashian), seeing the passion with which these lady friends talk about the latest in the rap scene, playing rap music while driving to work and actually seeing them come fully alive under the spell of the music, I can appreciate that indeed this genre does not only appeal to men. Men should not have a monopoly of rap music, and therefore should not judge women who are as much into rap as they are.
The labeling of which kind of music appeals to a specific gender is obsolete. As much as men should not be judged negatively if they like romantic comedy type of movies or love songs and ballads or pop music, in the same way ladies must be given the respect for liking and patronizing rap music. Gender equality rules must apply even in this area. We cannot discriminate others or label them or put them in a box just because their preference does not align with what you think is appropriate for their gender. Because, who knows what trends the future holds? We might be seeing a number of Queen Latifahs taking over the rap music scene! More and more female artists could be writing rap music at this moment without our knowing it, and eventually producing new albums for every rap fan – male and female – to enjoy.