Judy Berman

Jan 04 2013

So, I am as disappointed as anyone about Azealia vs. Angel…

… but here’s what bugs me about getting all scoldy about it: The blame shouldn’t fall solely on the shoulders of these two hugely talented young women. This isn’t an isolated incident. It’s happened too many times between female rappers. The bigger problem is the fucking Thunderdome mentality women in hip hop are forced to adopt because so much of the music press will only accept women rappers as an exception or a sideshow or — maybe at best — a trend piece. The problem is also that the music press likes women who rap to be a novelty — and, since they find it easier to write white female rappers into that category, female rappers of color often get ignored. Azealia Banks and Angel Haze are not getting ignored, but neither has broken out to Nicki Minaj-level fame yet, either. So if they both understand pop-music history (and they’re both smart people, so of course they do), then they’re sure to have a creeping suspicion thatthere can only be oneand some kind of death match will need to take place to determine who that one will be. I’m not saying either comes out of this fight looking great, but we’re going to keep seeing this shit until the competitive landscape for female rappers changes drastically. Maybe this is all obvious, but it’s not really a discussion I’m seeing amid all the finger-wagging.

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  1. mothsinamoshpit reblogged this from likeapairofbottlerockets and added:
    but the thing is azealia banks is terrible angel haze is amazing azealia starts beef with everyone. i honestly think...
  2. oofstar reblogged this from jamiesinverguenza and added:
    so, i don’t know much about either of these artists, and i’m just reading about their rivalry cause of these posts, and...
  3. jamiesinverguenza reblogged this from heidicomestolife and added:
    CONTENT NOTE: reference to Azealia Banks’ use of a gay slur below heidicomestolife: Yes, as opposed to the ‘legitimate’...
  4. heidicomestolife reblogged this from jamiesinverguenza and added:
    i mean, in a perfect world, no one would require them to do anything, and i get what you’re saying - my knee-jerk idea...
  5. poetessinthepit reblogged this from jamiesinverguenza and added:
    I’m with what Jamie said ^
  6. proseandpop reblogged this from judyxberman and added:
    This way that Judy breaks it down is apt: You can’t fix one person’s stupid outburst by issuing an outburst yourself;...
  7. judyxberman reblogged this from proseandpop and added:
    Yes to the above! I wasn’t engaging really with the actual content of the fight/Twitter storm — which eventually got...
  8. ashleighnotashleyblahg reblogged this from gaysagainstgaga
  9. tjjourian reblogged this from gaysagainstgaga
  10. eyeballjellomold reblogged this from gaysagainstgaga
  11. gaysagainstgaga reblogged this from proseandpop and added:
    Yes to this too.
  12. surpriseofmoderntimes reblogged this from heidicomestolife and added:
    On poiny
  13. likeapairofbottlerockets reblogged this from judyxberman
  14. aintgotnoladytronblues reblogged this from danilobortoli and added:
    this too.
  15. andyhutchins reblogged this from judyxberman and added:
    This is somewhat obvious, but there is perhaps less money even in writing about women rapping than there is in women...
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