Will Hip-Hop Ever Accept A White Female Rapper?
by Aisha Buchanan
Over the last half decade or so, the “white girl rapper” role hasn’t been properly filled in hip-hop, with many wondering why the culture hasn’t accepted one. White male rappers have come to fit in the genre with ease, but the females have come up short of acceptance. The answer is actually pretty simple: majority don’t understand the difference between cultural appropriation and appreciation. With all that is going on in America these days, certain issues are definitely increasing racial tensions more and more. As hip-hop music is meant to be an outlet, or even an escape, for those to address the subjects at hand, it has been doing the job beautifully. The culture that has brought so much unity to the world, in many areas, is now the factor that is completely separating ignorant white people from educated black artists, as it should be. Unfortunately for white artists, or even fans, who can be considered educated, it’s very easy for them to be categorized amongst the ignorance at just first glance. Personally, I can’t say that I blame the hip-hop community for feeling this way.
Iggy Azalea has certainly started digging an ignorant grave for herself in the past few months, and she’s helped drag along majority of the white female community with her. Although she doesn’t classify herself as a music maker in the hip-hop category directly, she has recognized herself as part of the genre by winning an American Music Award for Best Rap/Hip-Hop album. As a white female, myself, I can relate to Iggy as far as the hip-hop fandom that she expresses, but that’s about it. Of course it would be incredible to just be thrown into discussions with some of the names I grew up listening to, but if the means behind why I’m discussed are not justified, I simply can’t let that happen as a genuine hip-hop fan.
White females in hip-hop have never seemed to represent themselves properly in this genre, and it’s time for that to change. Not saying that every white female rapper has to come from the same stereotypical place, and act the same stereotypical way, but being part of a genre influenced by black culture comes with certain respectful guidelines. V-Nasty, for instance, was a perfect example of going against the grain, and not in a good way. Granted, she grew up in some rougher areas of Oakland, but that does not give any white female a pass to publicly declare their use of the n-word, as she did. Her career has come and gone quite quickly since her and Kreayshawn were coming up in 2012, which may be mostly due to their crossing of boundaries.