WHITE BITCHES

Kreayshawn + Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea, Kreayshawn and Yo-Landi Vi$$er (of Die Antwoord) have attracted a lot of attention for their raps – some good, some really shitty. Apparently being female and white isn’t the easiest burden to carry into the hip hop industry. White people have flat asses, no swag and everything comes easy to them, right? And who wants to be a woman!? They’re irrational, superficial and use their wiley powers of seduction to prevent men from running the world. Just ask the Pope and the writers of The Walking Dead. Nonetheless, there’s a new generation of rhyme-busting white bitches on the scene. Enter a crowd of disgruntled would-be activists ready to rip them to shreds. The youtube community, ever the intellectual social commentators, had these nuggets of wisdom to share on the much-tumblred white princesses of hip hop:

On Iggy Azalea:

I would like 2 fuck her pussy!!!

truthbesaid101 13 hours ago

she is sunburt because she’z too used to fucken riding kangaroos and hunting ostrich meat.

iFuckdYourMom9tyms 1 day ago

(That guy fuckd your mom 9 tyms!!! Valid comment alert!!!!)

On Kreayshawn:

Kreayshawn is a DUDE!!!!

qdavillian 1 day ago

i thought she was a black girl when i heard the song, now this song is a lot worse than i thought it was now that she is white and that blond girl with her, wtf is the point of her being in the song?

dopeylongstalkings 2 days ago

Sexual aggression and xenophobia aside, there is an issue here. A lot of people are quick to point out that Iggy Azalea comes from Australia, land of the oppressed Aboriginis, and Die Antwoord come from South Africa, land of the apartheid. But does this make them racist? Rap and hip hop were movements focussed on the emancipation of African Americans when they began. That was great, but now it’s 2012, and makes sense that a genre of music should move beyond limitations of race. Black emancipation is still important, very important, but racing and gendering music only exaggerates the prejudiced divides between white, black, male, female and everything in-between. So, maybe that’s where these girls are going wrong. When they make their lyrics so pointedly about their own whiteness it’s difficult not to wonder if they really have the right to complain.

Kreayshawn’s ‘Gucci Gucci‘ was the subject of an article over at The Crunk Feminist Collective (who I have a whole lot of respect for, btw. Check out the whole article). They had some really interesting stuff to say:

‘Kreyashawn is the perfect accoutrement to the tortured misogyny of her friends and co-signers Odd Future. For her, calling women bitches and hoes is funny, a category she is somehow exempt from via her whiteness and sometimes queerness. She’s got swag because she fucks bitches too, though she’s quick to point out she’s “not a raging lesbian.”’

Ok, so the Kreayshawn rap in question doesn’t possess a whole lot of lyrical integrity, and I suppose some people see her use of ‘bitch’ and ‘hoe’ as if she was harping the N-word. But those words, to me, are about misogyny, and for women to use them is to claim them back. Think how it worked for ‘nigger’, ‘queer’, and (sort of) for ‘slut’. What I’m really trying to say is come on people, let everyone bust some rhymes if they feelin’ it. In fact, bring on the white rappers, gay rappers, trans rappers — how about a post-op white lesbian rapper (do those exist?)  just to really mix things up. I’ll be first in line for her mixtape.

I’m aware that I just rambled on about a whole lot of contradictions and confusing (+ probably offensive) opinions, but I guess that reflects just how daunting and complex issues like this are. Thanks for listening. Here’s Yo-Landi being bad.

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