Is Hip-Hop Preparing to Make Room for White Female Rappers?

Iggy Azalea, grew up in Australia, but lives in L.A.

The sport of Hip-Hop is not for the weak at heart.  The entire industry was built by black men and their perspective.  And that experience is so unique that anyone else willing to take a chance on the mic is merely a visitor.  There have been some impressive guests such as Eminem and the Beastie Boys.  But, as you can see, that happening is few and far between.

Television host and essayist¬†¬†Toure’, recently wrote a piece for the New York Times suggesting that white women might be preparing to make their break into Hip-Hop in a serious way, but so far, as he says, “Hip-Hop coming from a white woman is almost always an immediate joke.”¬† But, he suggests that there will have to be some sort of “give” in order for the industry to survive.

Right now, there are a few white female rappers that he describes as wanting to be taken seriously,  including Iggy Azalea, Kreayshawn and K.Flay.  But, a lot of them will not make it past the trunk or independent sells.  The talent they exude does not carry the torch of a new face of hip-hop, but much more like the hype man for an established artist.

Read the full essay here.¬† Intriguing idea, but no cigar.¬† Hip-Hop doesn’t¬†need to change in order to stay relevant as it appears that Toure’ argues here.¬† While white women¬†are at the center of commercialism, hip-hop must remain a pulpit for the black man and any others who need to protest, fight, pray, love…tell the truth!

-J.C. Brooks

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