This past summer, there were countless articles debating the rights and wrongs of the video & music hit from Robin Thicke called Blurred Lines
Earlier this year, there was also backlash on Rick Ross for his allusion to date rape. During his verse on Rocko’s song, U.O.E.N.O, he says;
“Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it
I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.”
During an interview, he stated it as a “misunderstanding” on our part. Okay Rick Ross, I’m not calling anyone a liar here, I’m just highly uncertain about what I misunderstand. Is it “she ain’t even know it” or “I took HER home and enjoyed THAT”. In fact, analytically, the sentence construction emphasizes “she aint even know it” through its repetition and horizontal juxtaposition. In fact, it looks like what I misunderstand here is your deliberate construction of the verse so that we ignore all the thing you did to her and just remember that “she ain’t even know it”, because, that is what is important to you. Or perhaps, I could actually give you the benefit of the doubt and say that your construction is none of your intellectual prowess but a function of the Althusserian ideology taking over you subconsciously.
Honestly, I would say that for a lot of rappers ranging from Juicy J with “Bandz make her dance” and Lil Wayne with all his “beat da p***y up lines.” One of my professors once pointed to the fact that there would be hardly any TV without women’s bodies. Alas, these rappers,in their most popular twerk indulging songs obviously think so. They ignore or disregard the “fluff” of their lines, either believing that it does not matter in the context or assuming that everyone will remain focused on the female body (or imagery of female bodies) they want other males to enjoy in the strip clubs or their fantasies at least. If not that, how can Lil Wayne fully explain what he thought he was doing when he said “beat that pu**y up like Emmet Till.”
Probably, If he considered the impact of “Beat.. (anything else) up like Emmet Till, it would have been much harder to put out that song. All of a sudden, when a female body (or part of it) is absent, it becomes an important conversation. The kind of important conversations the men have after they ask all the women to leave so they can talk “man to man”. Or those same conversations about mergers and settlements that men ask women to stay out of, because again, it’s serious.
Hence, lil Wayne does not understand a need to apologize for his line because he knows the context or conversation was one hell of an unserious one, it’s not like he was talking about beating his friend, it was all about the p***y. In another discourse where the same rappers did not constantly confirm their synechdocial view of that pu**y and that woman, it might mean less as he says. However, the fatal but popular double entendre remains eminent.
All the artistes I mentioned here have put out songs that give us substance for debate. For example, are the women in blurred lines jumping around naked taking control of their sexuality or leaving their bodies up for male consumption? It is quite easy to create an intellectually enriching debate about both sides. It becomes difficult when trying to think of arguing for the proposing side of an Eminem for women empowerment idea. He has not been under the radar for a long tme but he comes back bearing gifts alright. In his new song “Rap God” he says
“But if I can’t batter the women
How the f**k am I supposed to bake them a cake then?”
Obviously, we all here would appreciate how Eminem how carefully considered our taste buds. I mean, who in their right minds wouldn’t mind a cake made from the blood and sweat of female bodies that have been battered. Oh Eminem, the more you rap the more considerate you get.
For now, I would like you to read this article on why Eminem’s popularity might be dangerous. It gives 8 reasons Eminem’s popularity is a disaster for women. I’m not sure if I can get any more sarcastic to explain why violence and discrimination against women should not be propagated as lyrical prowess or genius. It definitely should not make anyone more of a god of life or rap. Then again, my requests are not truly solutions to the system of objectification. When does the term “beat the p***y up” stop meaning sexual pleasure and start showing the pleasure one derives from female subordination. Furthermore why does an innuendo of violence around women sexually arouse both women and men. That is a discussion for someone else to champion.