Welcome back to DOPEfm’s Women in Hip-Hop special roundtable discussion. You can download this podcast for free, stream it with the player below, read it from the very start, or just pick up right where we left off last time. . .
Nilla: “It’s just that straight disrespect. Do you respect your mom? Do you respect your sisters? Do your respect your girlfriend or your wife? Do respect women who are in your world? And if you don’t, then that is exactly how you are going to approach any women in any industry, whether you are the CEO of a company or whether you’re working at a radio station, no matter what, regardless of the hip-hop industry. I just think how you approach women is how you’re going to approach women in hip-hop.”
I listen to a lot of conscious hip-hop, a lot of underground stuff, I don’t listen to commercial rap, but even so, I hear derogatory terms all the time, like ‘bitches’ and ‘hoes’ and stuff like that. And then you hear defense of that from some rappers who say, ‘You know what? There are some bitches and hoes out there and I’m just keeping it real’ but that can’t be an excuse at all. We usually only get that one side, so how come you aren’t talking about the queens and the beautiful women. We don’t have that other side of the story, I find.”
Our Sis Sam: “I think the unity amongst our sisters is really important. We’re quick to tear down Nicki Minaj or anyone that is portraying women in a negative light that we don’t agree with. I think a better approach would be to say, ‘Clearly our sister is a little lost and she needs some sort of direction and be assured of who she is as a woman.’ And who better to guide her and nurture her to that than her fellow sisters. Rather than tear each other down, we should be more supportive and help each other and maybe share our knowledge because we see something that maybe they don’t see yet. And we have to have faith that maybe they will see the light one day.”
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