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The feminisation of hip-hop - mission accomplished

By Ewen Ramsbottom | 26 October 2017

Where the dress-style of choice for rappers used to be loose-fitting jeans, T-shirts and hoodies - and the baggier the better - by the early 2000s, artists such as Drake, Kanye West, Andre 3000 and Pharrell Williams had made it their trademark to rock the ‘metrosexual’ look, consisting of tight-fitting clothing, heavy on the pink. Not long afterwards came the trendy talk of artists being ‘gender-fluid,’ ‘gender-neutral’ or ‘non-binary.'

The London grime artist Skepta indicated the international nature of the agenda when he appeared at an awards event sporting women’s knitwear, proudly proclaiming that he was now ‘gender fluid.’ The fact that this has been achieved with very little backlash - and with those voicing any kind of objection quickly denounced as ‘bigoted’ or ‘intolerant’ - in a genre previously so full of alpha-male machismo, is testament to how successful the manipulators have become at their game.

Male artists wearing women’s clothing has become more blatant as the years have progressed. Gnarls Barkley star Cee-Lo Green appeared in a photoshoot wearing a wedding dress; A$AP Rocky rocked a dress during an episode of BET’s ’106 & Park;’ Lil’ B wore women’s earrings in the video to his ‘Got the Mack Loaded;’ Lil’ Wayne performed at the 2011 VMA Awards topless and wearing women’s leopard-print leggings, (see the last book’s section on the true meaning of this motif;) Will Smith’s son Jaden has worn similar leggings; Yung Joc turned up to an industry event wearing a dress; Young Thug appeared in a photoshoot dressed as Little Bo Beep and had previously worn a leopard-print dress; Lil Yachty (what is it with all the Lil’s and Yung’s??!) had a cover design for one of his releases featuring a gay couple kissing. Nothing wrong with it per se, but timing and context are always the important factors in establishing whether something is part of a far-reaching agenda. Why did the release come at that specific time, and what else was going on in the scene at large? One thing was a number of artists, such as iLoveMakonnen, Big Freedia and Frank Ocean ‘coming out’ as gay.

By the time ‘up and coming’ Florida ‘rapper’ (it says here) NewAge Jerkboy (!?!!) had emerged with his video ‘Married to the Game,’ in which he talks of “your bitch giving me neck”... while fellating machine guns in a wedding dress with colourful bows in his dyed-blond hair... all hope for the future of humanity had been lost.

A blurring of the genders is taking place, straight out of the Tavistock instruction manual. And working in tandem with the feminisation of male artists, there is a trend towards females becoming more masculine, (see Angel Haze, Azealia Banks, Melange Lavonne, Temper, Dai Burger, God-Des & She, RoxXxan, Kin4Life.)

Why is the hip-hop scene so unrecognisable from what it was twenty, or even ten years ago? And why has this genre in particular been selected for so much cultural manipulation? These are the questions that anyone who doesn’t appreciate having their thoughts and values moulded for them by other people would do well to consider.

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