Women Slut Shaming in Hip Hop

Ho, hoochie, slut, groupie, bop, thot, tip drill, and so on and so forth. We hear it in almost every rap song. Women are constantly being degraded in rap music by men. Almost every rapper has ever done it in some capacity, but men are unfortunately not the only ones who participate. Women in hip-hop slut-shame their sisters as well.

Recent comments from former Ruff Ryder first lady Eve about Nicki Minaj’s Paper Magazine cover have sparked the conversation about women in hip-hop slut-shaming each other.

Eve’s opinion that “as a woman” she thinks “it’s not right” brought out a lot of her old business about her being a stripper, her racy magazine spreads, and her sexy lyrics causing more slut-shaming by Nicki stans and defenders.

The truth is, some women in hip-hop have helped perpetuate slut shaming instead of taking it as women embracing their sexuality.

Some may argue women like Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and Trina are hypersexualized stereotypes of the black female rapper, but others beg to differ and argue that these women have taken their sexuality and own it. Some people just exude sexiness and feel comfortable doing so.

Female rap beef has been full of slut-shaming (Foxy Brown vs Lil Kim, Cupcakke vs Kash Doll, Trina vs Jackie O, and more). Calling each other hoes and airing out dirty laundry comes with the territory of beef, but within the gritty hard lyrics lies the idea that being a sexually confident female is wrong.

Luckily female rappers are a mosaic of different kinds of women from Rapsody to JunglePussy, MC Lyte to Khia, Angel Haze to Meg the Stallion, almost every kind of woman is represented in some way, even the sexually liberated twerking hottie who likes to show some skin. There’s nothing wrong with putting the “ho” in hip-hop regardless of what anyone else, even the other women, have to say about it.