Hip Hop Feminism in the Twin Cities

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Hip-hop feminism has been relevant before a term for it even existed. It began when artists like Queen Latifiah and MC Lyte rapped about feminist issues like domestic violence and sexual harassment. They used their hip-hop prominence as a platform to advocate for gender equality. It took a lot of courage for these women to stand up against the misogyny that was present in such a dominantly male hip-hop world because lyrics about bitches and hoes were so standardized within the hip-hop culture. These women empowered themselves and other women by objecting the ideals and values that had previously been preached throughout the hip-hop culture. They took back their agency and gave themselves a voice instead of letting others speak for them.

I think it is important to note that hip-hop feminism does not mean it needs to be represented by a woman. There are many affluent rappers, artists, graffiti writers, etc. that discuss feminist issues and challenge the oppression that exists in our society. With that being said I think that hip-hop feminism is all over the twin cities. It's notable in much of the graffiti that you see on trains and in the lyrics that artists like Atmosphere and Doomtree write. They are speaking out against important political and social issues. I think that these methods of dispersing feminist discourse are very successful since they are spread across the nation. Trains spread the messages from state to state while music is spread from ear to ear.

I could not get my picture to properly scale down to size, but you are able to click on it and it will bring the full picture up into another window.

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I agree that hip hop feminism can be found in places no one would look, such as graffiti and male hip hop artists. In order for their own ideas and values to be widespread and affective, it's important for the people trying to promote them to promote them in a way that is accessible to a larger range of people. Take Atmosphere for example. We all know that some people who listen to Atmosphere are complete tools and uphold the sexist, racist, misogynistic values that Atmosphere is criticizing in nearly every one of his songs. The fact that they are listening to his work means that they aren't actually listening to the lyrics or message because they would probably be turned off by the intense and "real" message. However, there is a chance that one of these tools might actually pay attention to what he is saying and learn to respect the values of an artist that they respect as a person so much. Also, this is an awesome picture.

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