Recently in the news, you may have heard all the fuss on the beef between female rappers Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma. These talented women have put out diss tracks about one another and have said some pretty harsh things in their disses. For those of you who may not be familiar with the hip-hop genre, when rappers have issues with one another they put out either a complete diss track about the person they are in a confrontation with or have a line in a song making sly remarks on the other artist. Usually in these diss tracks, no topic is off limits. Diss tracks have been a part of hip hop since the very beginning, but it seems that the female MCs of today have a strong underlining hate for each other. They are too obsessed on who is “The Queen” of the genre that they are willing to do or say anything to be known in the industry. Remy and Nicki may not notice that their actions can have a strong impact on how young girls view both artists and themselves. It teaches them that it’s better to put another woman down than to praise and be supportive of her accomplishments.
I remember sitting in my hip hop class this week and we were watching a video that was made either around the 90s or early 2000s about women in the hip-hop industry. I noticed right away that these women in this video were very encouraging about women being in the male dominated genre. It also made me think about the rappers of the 80s and 90s like Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Salt N Pepa, Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliot, Lil Kim and all the other female rappers during that time who seemed to have respect and love for one another. The older female rappers also spoke on issues like empowerment, unity and love for your fellow woman.
I hope that Nicki and Remy can put aside their differences and work together on projects in the near future. This will not only be better for them, but also for women everywhere. Remy and Nicki could change the future of hip hop and the views on women as a whole if they collaborated on a song together. It would show the strength and power of women in a male dominated genre instead of us being classified as crazy, uncivilized sexual objects. I have below both diss tracks from Nicki and Remy. I also have anthems from the older female MCs. Please take a listen.