“A Truth about Women & Hip Hop”
BET does good! For once. It takes a woman’s voice to tell the story of female MCs. Ava DuVernay, got her experience as the 2008 critically-acclaimed hip-hop documentary, This is the Life.
I thought this was a tremendous education for people who believe female MCing began with Foxy & Kim (no shots) or even with Queen Latifah. There is a rich history of females on the mic that needs to be recorded and taught. Women started out with the best of them. Everyone should know the history of female MCs and support the FUTURE of a brighter day in rap for women.
Some people think rap is dead. I certainly hope not. And if it’s dying, it’s such a sad way for the genre to go out. There needs to be a focus on talent and creativity. Don’t expect that there will ever be another Lauryn Hill. We were blessed. Don’t expect that there will be another Missy Elliott – she was a triple threat talent that will be hard to duplicate.
It’s no secret I don’t care for hip hop’s reigning queen, Nicki Minaj. I’m not hating on her success or her tight hair weave. I’m hating on the fact that she used to like girls and now she’s sold her soul to be put on with one of the most reckless, misogynistic crews out there. According to the documentary, that’s one of the tenants for successful female MCs in hip hop and Nicki Minaj hit them all. 1) align yourself with a male crew, 2) have a quirky edge and 3) sell sex.
All I can say is be true to yourself, at all times.
That’s why we loved MC Lyte and Queen Latifah and Roxanne Shonte – they were themselves. Talented and boastful, just as braggadocious as their male counterparts and never afraid to battle ANYONE at ANYTIME.
My Mic Sounds Nice will re-air on BET on September 5th and 7th at 10pm. I’m no director, but a part two might look at the choices that some of the Femcees made. There were choices of life and family and education. I think a part two might also look at the financial aspects of hip hop and how women have faired in other arenas of popular culture. Basically, everyone agrees that they would like to see more of this type of content on BET. It was high quality. And women want to see our stories told with in our voice.
What say you? Did you catch the documentary? What stood out to you?