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She has the two most irritating songs on the radio right now but they’re catchy as all hell. Meghan Trainor, the voice behind All About That Bass and Lips Are Moving, is taking the world by storm in just a short amount of time. All About That Bass was nominated for a Grammy earlier this year, while it didn’t snatch up any awards – thank God, by the way – Trainor has taken it in stride. I really wouldn’t know but she is in rotation at least twice every hour. Let us dive in and learn ten things about twenty-one-year-old singer Meghan Trainor.
Anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock has heard about the sickening murder rampage that occurred in Santa Barbara, California by a man with a grudge against not one woman, but all women. This senseless and tragic occurrence, however, has brought out the voice of women everywhere.
The Twitter hash tag #YesAllWomen started as a simple tweet and has exploded into a trending phenomenon where women, and even men, are voicing their opinions and outrages of what women shouldn’t have to, but do deal with. Thousands have joined the conversation and are, in a way, standing together with one voice for change. The following are just some examples of the tweets that have come pouring in in response to Elliot Rodger’s heinous acts and the trending hash tag:
Hip-hop has made great gains in its relationship with the LGBT community thanks to artists like Macklemore and Frank Ocean. Along with its homophobic past, hip-hop has always been criticized for being incredibly misogynistic. But like its progress with homosexuality, feminism in hip-hop may have been around longer than we’ve realized. Here are 5 artists who have challenged hip-hop’s attitude towards women.
1. Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah is one of the first artist to make waves in the world of feminism. By writing feminist anthems like “U.N.I.T.Y” that criticize the use of sexist terms (ie b*tch), Queen Latifah paved the way for future critiques of gender roles.
2. Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj’s lyrics are full of messages about gender equality, but it’s her attitude that truly sets her apart. Everything she does is for herself, not what a man wants or says she has to be.
Salt-N-Pepa’s debut in the late 80s turned societal roles on their head. They sang about sex and were politically aware, things that women weren’t supposed to be discussing.
Tupac was one of the most feminist rappers to grace the music scene. His song “Keep Ya Head Up” is particularly notable for this lyric “And since we all came from a woman/
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman/
I wonder why we take from our women/
Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?”
Canadian rapper Shad is notorious for his lyrics and stance on feminism. His song “Keep Shining” is a manifesto on women and what needs to change about gender relations.
While these artists have made a stance on how society should treat women, they are but a few in the many misogynistic artists out there. We live in a society that glorifies a rape culture, but we can’t blame hip-hop for that. Art is merely a reflection of our society’s ideals and beliefs. But if things are to ever change, hip-hop should be the first to make a significant move.