During a White House Council on Women and Girls-hosted discussion on feminism in Hip Hop, which featured Angie Martinez, MC Lyte, Beverly Bond, and others as panelists, those on the panel were asked if it’s possible to be a Hip Hop feminist.
New Jersey rapper Fetty Wap was specifically brought into the conversation after one panelist shared a story of the musician being labeled a Hip Hop feminist.
MC Lyte chimed in on the argument, and shared her belief that Fetty Wap is in fact a Hip Hop feminist. She also named Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Common, and Talib Kweli as other Hip Hop artists who take women into consideration in their music.
“I think you can,” MC Lyte said in response to the question. “And I agree. At this point in time it probably is Fetty Wap. What I mean is that he may have a very unique way of presenting his ideas, but he does love women…For what he’s up against in this climate with all of the other emcees, he’s taking a stand. He’s being pretty courageous right now with what it is that he presents in his music. Because it’s really not the norm. When I was trying to write down a few people that may have said something. Now there’s of course Kendrick, right? And then there’s Big Sean. He raps about his grandma. Any man that raps about his grandma you gotta show some love to. And then of course there’s Common and Talib.”
MC Lyte also spoke on the importance of taking responsibility and accountability into consideration with one’s lyrics and content.
“What I will say is that we need to give a few of these good men a chance in hoping that they will develop to be something else in the future,” she said. “I know that when I first started I used a whole lot of profanity. I wasn’t good at communicating, so I just used what I knew. And the more you understand that you’re not just rocking for the block, that these words are going out across the entire globe. You at that point have to take responsibility and accountability. And I just think for Fetty Wap and some of these guys that I mentioned, that they really are on the forefront of what could be a great change in Hip Hop.”
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