|Posted by Anna H. on February 27, 2016 at 2:25 AM|
How's it going my gumdrops? Can you believe that February is close to being over already? Wow! There is something about 2016, that seems to be flying by fast.
While transferring last weekend's Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blogs, I realized that it has been a while, since I last published any Song Saturday blogs with veteran rappers on here. Considering that February is Black History Month and that it's close to being over, it would NOT hurt to share more music from talented, black, female musicians.
Last Saturday, I shared Vanity's cover of Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy." Today, we're going back to the '90s with Queen Latifah. It's amazing how much she has changed throughout these last 3 decades. I wish Queen Latifah would return to Rap Music because she needs to school today's so-called female rappers about having more self-respect.
Years before raunchy female rappers such as Foxy Brown, Lil' Kim, Nicki Minaj, and Trina, Queen Latifah was and continues to be 1 of Hip-Hop's pioneer feminists. This was a positive position to be in, during the late 1980's and '90s.
Similar to other female rappers such as MC Lyte and Yo-Yo, Queen Latifah actually served a purpose. Rap and Hip-Hop weren't always about being some big and flashy thugs off the street bragging about money, strippers, hookers, gang-banging, and degrading minority women.
Rap and Hip-Hop had a few positive messages about society in general. Queen Latifah helped give females young and old positive messages such as having self-respect. She addressed issues about domestic violence, street harassment, sexual harassment, and derogatory slurs used against minority women in Hip-Hop Culture on her 3rd album, Black Reign in 1993.
Until this very day, "U.N.I.T.Y." is still my favorite song by Queen Latifah. "U.N.I.T.Y." was mostly a song that put lowlife black men in their places. In the song, she makes referrence to the underground rapper, Apache with his song "Gangsta Bitch."
Apache, who died 6 years ago from heart failure, was originally from the group, Flavor Unit. His song "Gangsta Bitch" highly encouraged black women to act like Gangsta rappers.
Meanwhile, Queen Latifah felt women should NOT be labeled as bitches, hoes, or act like they are gangsters. Those so-called "Gangsta Bitches" were considered wannabes. My favorite line from Queen Latifah's "U.N.I.T.Y." is "...real bad girls are the silent type." I cannot agree more with her because it's the truth.
More than 20 years later, there are still those girls and younger women, that feel the need to prove how "gangsta" and bad ass they are, when they're not. If you have ever watched the last several years of The Bad Girls Club on The Oxygen Network, you already understand what I am saying.
Hopefully, Queen Latifah will return to her old days of being a militant, female rapper addressing societal issues and encouraging black women to have more self-respect. This new era needs her, if not Yo-Yo or MC Lyte.
A raunch feminist rapper like Nikki Minaj, for example, really deserves to be put in her place and be educated about the way she depicts other black women in today's society. Being a Lil' Kim wannabe, ripping off Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back," and twerking live up to all the negative stereotypes of hypersexualized and fetishized black women.
Being hypersexualized and fetishized by self-entitled, lowlife men is disgusting. This was partly why I stopped dating, 10 years ago. There are men, who expect me to live up to these negative stereotypes. Also, I do NOT listen to most of today's Rap Music. It's mostly a genre of Lil' Wayne's Music now, anyway.
Hypersexualizing and degrading black women was already a problem, throughout the '90s. However, we still had a variety of other rappers to listen to with more positive messages compared to today's younger generations.
The mainstream music industry in general is an abomination today. This especially applies to Rap and Hip-Hop. Or should I call it, "Hip-Pop"? Anyway, here is Queen Latifah's "U.N.I.T.Y." for today's Song Saturday.
Queen Latifiah "U.N.I.T.Y." Black Reign (1993)
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