Lil Wayne: Being a COON ain’t COOL!

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?

11 Responses to “ Lil Wayne: Being a COON ain’t COOL! ”

  1. Do not wait for the world to recognize that you are Brilliant, Gorgeous, Talented, Fabulous… The world is not wired to do this. Be the first to know the Deity that you are, balls to bones. And, whoever can’t see it can just eat your Stardust!

  2. Just wondering, because I’m sure mere name-calling is not your aim… but what exactly are the criteria for being a coon?
    And yes, the words “Beautiful black woman, I bet that bitch look better red” are unfortunate to say the least, not to mention possibly a flashing, neon, billboard to his own feelings of inadequacy and self-loathing, or simply a reflection of Lil Wayne having figured out that one can profit on pain, as well as on mind-subjugation. By the way, as entrancing as Hip-Hop can be (and this is very much intended) most, and I mean MOST of the time its another invisible prison matrix used to enslave and control. Ironically, the powers that be behind the industry learned it from the African – can anyone do the voodoo that we do with a drum base? Apparently, Yes! If you do your homework, and you seek how far the rabbit hole goes, you’ll begin to understand that Hip-Hop is not here to Love you or me. Like most things in this world it was born pure. But that’s history. I hope this analogy helps elucidate what I’m trying to get across… Anyone who tries heroine is gonna be overwhelmed with a seemingly spiritual rush of synthetic euphoria that will distract them from tapping into the divine reality within themselves! Anything can be turned into heroine.

    1luv

  3. Hip-hop is definitely my heroine! Mere name calling is definitely not my aim. Lil Wayne is a coon to me because he is not actively trying to help push the collective Black conscious forward. He says anything that he thinks is clever even when its to our detriment. Only a coon someone who doesn’t see himself as part of the Black struggle would think its okay to defecate on the identity of a Black woman because she is of a darker hue. I think Wayne is part of the modern day minstrel show who will say anything to sell records with no regard to his fan base, identity, or the impact it will have on the world that is subjected to it. Thanks for commenting your point was eloquently made.

  4. I love how you are never scared to say it how it is! This is not about name calling. This is about taking a stand. I’m so tired of how the media bombards our youth with what they should like and how they should think. They don’t even see how they are being affected by it! I try to talk to my students about these things and we’ve had interesting conversations. We need to keep talking about issues like this so that lyrics like Lil Wayne’s are not the only thing kids are hearing.

  5. I don’t think you’re being extra at all! I must say that I am a HUGE Lil’ Wayne fan – and I found this song so offensive that I will not be purchasing his latest CD. I have 2 Lil’ Wayne t-shirts, one says: “FREE LIL WAYNE” and has his mugshot on it; the other says, “Listen to Lil’ Wayne.” I even have Lil’ Wayne panties – please don’t make me explain that. I absolutely love him to bits, but his obsession with lighter skinned women really hurts me, especially when I think about the very fact that his ex-wife is a beautiful brown complexion and his daughter is darker skinned, too. Like I said, you are not being extra…as a matter of fact, I don’t think enough of us have called on Lil Wayne to change his lyrics to embrace the various complexions of all the beautiful BLACK women in the world. I am certain that by not purchasing his CD I am not hurting him too much – but this was the last straw for me. And that’s how I take a stand against this foolishness!

  6. Is this the man who have waxed eloquent about the syrup? Can we expect anything of substance from him? He’s long since sold his soul to the devil!!

    A better thing to do is to search out those underground rap/hip hop artists who are doing the thing right.

    Check out Georgia Anne Muldrow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RBjMrRXTxI
    and her man/business partner/muse Dudley Perkins
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKFsMtQKiKY&feature=fvw

    She’s a producer/rapper/singer/entrepreneur/mother, and young sisters ought to be listening to people like her–who’s so affirming of her black beautiful spirit!
    She’s revels in her integrity! She’s also worked with Erykah Badu, so she knows her stuff
    I did a post on her at my blog! Come back and visit me

  7. One more–Hip hop ain’t gonna die, don’t worry, It’s go be alright.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTNhXiPmChQ&feature=related

  8. @ ImABlackPoem lol @ having Lil Wayne panties it must’ve been part of the lollipop promo edition. I have ignored a lot of dumb stuff that Wayne says, but I can’t in good consciousness ignore this major blunder because he made it super personal I am no red-bone! I applaud you for separating your love for Li Wayne & focusing on what is the right thing to do. I am definitely not buying the new cd & I hope more sisters who love hip-hop follow our lead. We shall see!

  9. @ Milca I think it very important that as an educator you continue to engage your students in these cultural conversations so they can learn to think critically about the music they listen & buy. We need to train our young folk to take a stand & speak up against negativity not for it!

  10. Lil Wayne is a supposed blood (bloods are a gang for those unaware) or at the least you can say he has a fascination with the color red so with that being said it is most likely that the rapper intended the line to be inferred as a shout out to bloods or to his color fascination with red whatever you want to call it with the double meaning of redbone black women being better looking then dark skinned black women so the line truly means whatever you infer it to be which is something you can find with a lot of rap music especially with more experienced rappers for it seems that they like to do this more often giving their music more artistic value and basically giving the insider joke affect which basically means unless you really read between the lines, are a true fan, or just really know the rapper you will probably not pick up on the multiple meanings or true meaning…also it just gives the rapper an excuse if the seemingly intended meaning which is sometimes the truly intended meaning also is negative pacifically toward their image

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