Oct 05, 2010 @ 3:08 pm | By TheFeministGriote | 11 Comments
“Beautiful black woman, I bet that bitch look better red”-Lil Wayne from the song “Right above It” ft. Drake
As a feminist I wrestle with justifying my love for hip-hop. I know that the music I have grown up listening to doesn’t respect my intelligence, doesn’t always seek to uplift me, and it seems to only want to objectify me. Intellectually I know all that, but no other music really speaks to me they way hip-hop does. Hip-hop is like that boyfriend that I dated during my rebellious teen years to piss my parents off, but then I realized I had a lot to learn from the genre so I stuck with it. I haven’t yet gotten to the place where I am ready and willing to dismiss hip-hop and abandon it forever. I will say that for the past four years or so I have noticed that I listen to my old hip-hop albums more so than I do new hip-hop albums. With that said, I do have a level of foolishness that I try not to personally cross and I am very discriminatory with my feminist dollars. I refuse to buy a Plies album because I find his lyrics to mirror that of a rapist, I would rather donate my uterus than listen or support Waka Flaka in any way shape or form, and now I think I am going to add the infamous rapper Lil Wayne to my list of rappers that I don’t mess it!
In the new Lil Wayne and Drakes song about nothing Lil Wayne makes a declarative statement about us dark-skinned Black women he says, “beautiful black woman, I bet that bitch look better red.” I literally had to pause(no anti-gay sentiment intended) when my very good friend suggested that I check this song out that was over a month ago. I was tempted to blog about it then, but then I felt as if I didn’t want to write yet another blog on the color complex, but last night I was talking to that same friend via text and I could feel his sense of disgust coming through the phone I knew then I could not ignore the subject. This song is in heavy rotation on the hip-hop radio stations here in Miami and I guess deep down inside I was waiting for us colored folks to step up and renounce Lil Wayne and his coonish behavior.
Yes, I am calling Lil Wayne a coon because what other word can be used to describe a man who thinks its okay to perpetuate the brown paper bag mentality in 2010? Its no secret that Lil Wayne has a fixation with light-skinned Black women and I respect his preference, but I don’t respect him disrespecting dark-skinned women just because he thinks he can. Dark-skinned women are already being erased within popular culture. Darker-skinned women are stereotyped on television and in film. Darker-skinned women are rarely ever the love interest or playing the leading role. Black women who find themselves on the darker spectrum of the colored rainbow have to be the strong motherly figure, wise best friend, or no nonsense neck-rolling creature, but never the object of affection. This type of silent erasure of the dark-skinned women tell us that we are not attractive we are only okay when there is no lighter woman to run to.
Lil Wayne is a dark-skinned man, whose mother is dark-skinned ,whose ex-wife is dark-skinned. and who is also the mother of his dark-skinned daughter. My question is what type of unconscious colorism is being subliminally implanted into her young psyche? If Drake or Eminem would’ve have said those words the blogosphere would have erupted into a frenzy. Every major hip-hop gossip blog would’ve been looking for either Drake or Eminem’s head on a silver platter, but since Weezy said it he gets a pass he’s cool. NEGATIVE! It’s not cool to spew hate and prejudices on wax. I don’t care how harmless the message appears to be. As Black people our collective tolerance level for buffoonery is too much at times. When are we going to demand more from the people we support with our Black dollars. I understand this is America and we have freedom of speech, but with that freedom comes enormous responsibility!!!
What do you think? Do you find Weezy’s lyrics offensive or am I am being extra?
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