‘She must’ve slept with label executives’ and other lies: why women in hip-hop deserve more respect

As made clear by the recent HBO documentary On the Record, chronicling hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and his alleged sexual misconduct, hip-hop in America has denigrated women for decades. The fact that, in 2017, Cardi B was the first woman rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 with a solo song since Lauryn Hill back in 1998 is telling of a scene that has failed to platform women. Now, even with the growing viral popularity of women rappers and “rap socialites” (women who are admired for their social media relevance and lifestyles), their presence in hip hop isn’t wholly celebrated. In some spaces, they are the victims of outright disrespect. Black women have always been involved in the hip-hop scene, which emerged in the late 70s…

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