8.31.2010

Hip Hop Needs The Balance of the Feminine Power

Greetings Relatives,

Last Night BET premiered their first music documentary "My Mic Sounds Nice" about the history of representation of females in hip hop & asked the question where is she now? Something I have been telling people in the past 7 years I have been rapping professionally is that Hip Hop isn't dead it just needs a balance it needs a queen.. but not just one "queen" it needs the balance of the feminine power.

As many of you may know I have been touring and performing with the best of them from Wu Tang Clan to opening up for Christina Aguilera to even headlining my own shows. I have an album in stores "God.Love & Music" in Best Buy,FYE, Walmart (Canada), and in all digital stores internationally. I have great followers on twitter/facebook/myspace, and other social networking sites. I do alot in the community nationally by spearheading a national fundraising event called Hip Hop 4 Haiti. I assisted the Hon. Min.Louis Farrakhan and Martin Luther King III on bridging Indigenous nations together and training of cultural sensitivity. As well as a published writer in The Final Call newspaper and the list can go on and on.

I have many people I know in the entertainment industry I have met that are in positions to be able to assist me, but instead they may call me or email me and tell me "Great job Queen! I see you!" So after seeing the documentary it saddened me that we have let go of the women completely. We have left her alone. We have soo many single mothers raising these children without men in the home, we have so many misguided young girls because the only representation they see of themselves in entertainment are video vixens or sex kittens, or disrespectful women in power.

I was raised by a strong Native American mother, who was an activist, so I had her as a role model in my home. But not every young girl has that privilege.

The Hon. Elijah Muhammad said that "No Nation Can Rise No Higher than Its Woman", with that being said the state of hip hop is the state of the woman. But, we still need strong minded men with a vision to plant those seeds so we can grow. Because the entertainment industry is a male dominated industry many of them do not want to plant seeds into a female rapper that has knowledge of self or has the qualities of being a great role model. Many of the men in this industry go for what's easy and less maintenance by planting their seeds into spoiled earth that can't bear fruit. It's easier to dumb people down than to uplift people. This is the state of emergency we are in right now!!

In order to correct this epidemic, us Queenz in Hip Hop need the strong but visionaries of men to stand up, take a leap of faith into these females in hip hop. We see it happen in R&B all the time, who would've thought that reggae / r&b singer Rihanna would've turned into a Pop phenomenon? But it took a leap of faith of Jay Z to sign her into Def Jam. Why can't we see this in Hip Hop? Are these male execs so insecure that he feels that the women will take his position in hip hop that he doesn't even give her a chance?

So real Kingz in Hip Hop stand up, promoters,media execs, investors,sponsors become visionaries, trendsetters go against the grain and everyone else will follow suit and we will ALL benefit from it, and be the best Kingz n Queenz we are destined to be!

--- Queen YoNasDa

Watch Queen Yonasda ft Nyhtee "So Special" prod. by N.O. ID


1 comment:

  1. I feel you on your thoughts of women in hip hop. I watched that show just the other day. It took me back and brought up some good times for me, but at the same time it made me think. I wondered just as you where the "Queens" of Hip Hop are. I couldn't then and still can't rap but I show did try back then. It gets me pumped when I see a woman in charge or running the show. It lets me know that we can. It let's me know that we are better than being at home barefoot and pregnant. I listened to hip hop and rap a whole lot back then, but know I couldn't begin to tell you who is on the radio. I lost interest when the ladies started losing all their clothes. What is being displayed in hip hop now as a woman is the confirmation of "it's a mans world". We know on the outside it looks like there is a man running the show, but we all know there is a good woman behind every man. He had to start somewhere. So instead of waiting on that man sistas, why not come together and do it on your own. Start your own label and "use what your mama gave yah" to get to the top. I know that every woman out there has been told that they don't "need a man" to do or get the things in life that they want. So take it from there ladies, i'm sorry, QUEENS of hip hop and "BRING IT ON".

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