THEIR NECKS! THEIR BACKS!
With the summer release of WAP by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, the ongoing discussion of female vulgarity has come to the surface once again.
The song explicitly discusses ways the two want to be satisfied sexually, causing an uproar all over social media for its sex-positive message. From the beginning of hip-hop, male-hip hop artists have degraded women sexually for content, so why the double standard?
Female rap artist Lil’ Kim, was ahead of her time, with her sex-positive image that is still iconic to this day. With tracks like “Magic Stick” and “How Many Licks” playing off the famous line: “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?”, the MC was one of the first to do it, paving the way for those who followed.
Soon followed female artist Khia with her well-known one-hit-wonder “My Neck, My Back” which is still popular to this day. Some have even considered the album cover for “Thug Misses” to be vulgar itself, showing the star on all fours.
This female rapper turned TV personality has been in the music industry since the late 1990s, with several popular tracks; “Look Back At Me”, “Pull Over”, and “69 Ways” to name a few. Working with celebrities like Trick Daddy, the artist was named one of the 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop on the Billboards.
After the release of WAP, Trina took to social media to defend the hit song by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion stating, “I feel like it’s a freedom of expression.”
Today, other female artists like Nicki Minaj, City Girls, Mulatto, Kash Doll, and Doja Cat continue to make expressive tracks despite the gender norms put in place for generations. Women are in their prime now more than ever, maybe for the first time in history.