Thursday, October 14 2010
Do women rappers have to shake it in our faces in order to get us to listen? As this doc. notes some, like Salt 'N' Pepa do it with sassiness and sex appeal "...you know, if I was a book, I would sell / 'cause every curve on my body got a story to tell".
Wednesday, April 14 2010
Hip-hop needs a women's movement ala Seneca Falls. The Declaration of Sentiments used the Declaration of Independence as its structural model (in hip-hop we call that "sampling").
Sunday, February 15 2009
Biggie Smalls' mythology hasn't afforded him a dreamy endgame à la Tupac or Elvis. Nobody imagines Biggie pulling the ultimate Machiavellian coup by making the world believe he's dead while he's secretly chillin' in Jamaica.
Friday, June 21 2002
It's no longer critiquing mainstream expectations, but instead, absorbing and reflecting stereotypes, drained of context.
Thursday, June 20 2002
Like its men-in-drag predecessors, Juwanna Mann doesn't critique gender stereotypes, so much as it uses them to espouse a morality lesson.