Lauryn Hill Spits For Queen Latifah, Lil Kim x Remy Ma Collab, Nicki Minaj x Cardi B Collab, and Nicki Minaj Rants About Sexism

Lots of news happening with the women in hip hop and rap at the end of October. First to the stage we have Lauryn Hill who paid homage to Queen Latifah at the Revolt Music Conference in Miami. I think people have forgotten that Latifah is one of the pioneers of femceeing since she has branched out into acting, singing, being a talk show host, and partaking in other business ventures. Nonetheless, the New Jersey native's roots are deep within hip hop culture. Lauryn Hill showed up on time (perhaps she didn't want "Cleo" to "set it off") and performed "Ladies First" and "U.N.I.T.Y." paying homage to the queen.

What's interesting is that many people coin Lauryn Hill as one of the primary femcees to popularize singing and rapping, but it was Queen Latifah who performed as such on her 1989 debut album All Hail the Queen (and many albums to follow) with jazz and house music inspiration along with hip-hop. MC Lyte even spoke on the impact of Queen Latifah's career for the Revolt Music Conference. Lauryn and Latifah were also seen chillaxin' together. Hopefully this could bring a long awaited duo with the ladies.

In other news, Remy Ma and Lil' Kim are working on a music video. The two were seen in the studio back in September working on a collaboration for Remy's upcoming album and someone recently Snapchatted a picture of the two backstage.

As I stated before, I hope the two keep the focus off of their mutual enemy Nicki Minaj and give us some grown woman music and not cater to these kids. Speaking of Nicki Minaj, it looks like she's finally doing a song with another female rapper, which just so happens to be Cardi B. For years delusional Nicki stans have refuted the idea that Nicki does not make songs with other female rappers. They've persistently thrown out "5 Star Chick (Remix)" and a few songs she's done with Trina during her mixtape days. But here's the kicker:

  1. "5 Star Chick (Remix)" is not her song, nor is it Trina's song. That was Yo Gotti's song and he featured both on the remix. That was before Nicki was mainstream, back in 2009 when she was a known, but still underground rapper. 
  2. There's a huge difference between doing songs with someone while you're underground verses while you're mainstream. As an underground artist trying to come up, Nicki Minaj would work with anybody in order to make a name and have music on her resume. Since she's been mainstream, where is the collaboration with her and Trina? I'll wait. 
  3. This recent collaboration she's doing with Cardi B is Migos' song, not hers and not Cardi B's.
The collaboration is called "Motor Sport" and the Migos played a snippet at their performance at Powerhouse NYC last night at the Barclays Center.

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The full song released this morning serving repetitive lyrical realness and Nicholas reminding us for the 575th time that these bitches are indeed her "sons".

Many people are celebrating this as some kind of solidarity between female rappers, and of course Barb stans are frantically using this crumb to dispute the idea that Nicki Minaj doesn't get along with other women and does make songs with other female rappers. However, I'm not impressed, nor am I buying this obvious business move.

So Nicki Minaj couldn't show up to the 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors where female emcees and rappers were being celebrated, she's never seen with more than one female rapper at a time, she's been yelling from the mountaintops for years that Foxy Brown is her fave but still hasn't done a song with her Trini sister and hasn't publicly been seen with her since 2011, but all of a sudden, this is the collaboration she does? Remy Ma was her "bitch" since the 2000's, but once Remy got out of prison and after talking about doing a collaboration with the Bronx native, she suggests the two team up with Foxy Brown, knowing Foxy and Remy are not cordial. Slicky Nicki. Prophetess Kimberly Denis Jones told y'all back in 2010 she wants to be the only female rapper out.

Ladies and gentlemen, do not be swayed by faux female unity from Cardi B nor from Nicki Minaj. This gesture is "for the paycheck" and "for the relevance and distraction", not "for the culture". This is a 48 Laws of Power chess move on Nicki's behalf to distract the public from her brother Jelani Maraj's child molestation trial and the rumor that she is paying for his lawyer fees. This week, she was allegedly supposed to take the stand at his trial until she will not. Nicki Minaj has always played her cards correctly to an extent. Cardi B is very popular at the moment and it would be unwise for Nicki Minaj to go the same route she went with throwing obvious shots o as she did with Lil' Kim, Remy Ma and other female rappers for so many years. This is the game of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." Nicki Minaj has also been losing popularity over the past few years. Her beef with Remy Ma, the current case with her brother, more female rappers are getting their shine, and the fact that she's getting older and hasn't progressed lyrically have all attributed to that.

Nicki Minaj also went on a rant on Twitter about sexism in hip-hop the other day:

Nicki Minaj is correct about the sexism she has experienced in hip-hop and has often been vocal about it. This has been a complaint from femcees and female rappers since day one. Nevertheless it wouldn't be right if I didn't address the big pink elephant in the room. Sheesh, where do I begin?

The fact that Nicki Minaj has endlessly shown favoritism in collaborating primarily with (wack) anti-woman male rappers throughout her career and barely with any women rappers reminds me of the same thing she complains about; Keeping women out of the industry and keeping anti-Black women men in and in control. According to Remy Ma's interview with Wendy Williams, Nicki Minaj went behind the scenes to blackball her from going to award shows and making connections. I've noticed this male centered collaboration favoritism with not only Nicki, but with many current female rappers as well. It seems like Nicki has popularized this "there can only be one" culture and newer female rappers have been following this model of "success".

Standing in solidarity with the same rappers who practice sexism and misogyny in their personal lives and in their music (Rick Ross, Lil' Wayne, Gucci Mane, etc) is cosigning the very thing Minaj has complained about through her career. Obviously it's okay to make songs with these men who spew hatred towards dark skinned Black women, brag about date rape, or punch Black woman. Apparently it's fine to stand for sexism and misogyny when it comes to your peers and lyrically dog women out alongside your peers in the studio until the ball rolls in your court. As long as you get your seat at the table, and your big slice of Barbie cake, it's all good, right, Nick? Her stance on sexism has always seemed to be a position of the oppressed attempting to be the oppressor.

As an individual and as a rapper, Nicki Minaj has constantly shown her own brand of misogynoir likened to her male counterparts and an inability to cooperate with and respect other (Black) women rappers until it's to her benefit (I'm specifically speaking on women rappers, the same people in her league. Don't come over yonder telling me about a Beyoncé or Ariana Grande collab). I am not stating this to invalidate or justify the experiences and feelings of Nicki Minaj. Her experience and voice is valid regardless of her hypocrisy, I am only stating my perspective to create a broader lens on this issue. As quiet as it's kept and against their best interests, many female rappers and emcees have been contributing to this culture of anti-woman in hip-hop for decades with their own internalized misogynistic lyrics that are just as bad as their male rapper associates.

Back when Rick Ross' hot wing eating ass stated he'd be unable to sign a female rapper because he would want to have sex with her, I suggested that female rappers stand in solidarity and create a union-like group. Azealia Banks has also consistently spoken up about misogynoir and colorism in the music industry and has recently said that one of the main reasons Cardi B is poppin' is due to her being a mixed raced Latina (basically having an "exotic" appeal). Azealia Banks always hits the nail on the head when she speaks on colorism. I mean let's keep it a buck, out of all the female rappers who've had some shine and popularity in the past few years like Tink, Dreezy, Lil' Mama, Dej Loaf, Young MA, and many more, Cardi "call dark skinned Black woman burnt roaches" B is the only one who makes it to the popular mainstream? And some of y'all don't see the connection? That's no coincidence. However, like Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks is also a Black woman hater and colorist although she speaks out against it.

Although more female rappers and emcees are present in this day age in the underground spectrum, we still have a long way to go with genuine unification. I still stand on my own opinion of the ball dropping and shattering due to an increase of mediocrity and a lack of creativity across the board when it comes to hip-hop.

Would you like to see a collab between Lauryn Hill and Queen Latifah? Excited for the Remy Ma x Lil' Kim collab and the Migos, Cardi B, and Nicki Minaj song? Share your thoughts below!

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