WHAT DO WE WANT?
FOR WOMEN TO BE SEEN AS EQUAL IN EVERY INDUSTRY!
WHEN DO WE WANT IT?
Happy Thursday, my beautiful, crazy, kinky music fiend. Today, when I woke up the voice in my head was yelling and she only does that when she has something very important to say. Since it’s that time for us to go..back..in..time..I thought it’d be much easier to get my point across with the appreciation of an album that has truly aged like fine wine.
Without opening the deep hole discussion on why women in the music industry need to be held up on a higher pedestal (than they are now), I still wanted to tackle the topic of how much harder it was for them to even have a platform in the 90s.
Now, female artists weren’t a foreign subject in this era. We had icons like Lil Kim, Aaliyah, Brandy, Foxy Brown, MC Lyte, Eve, Missy and…I could go on.
What I’m trying to get y’all to see is how hard it was for these women to get to where they did. You know that saying “black women have to work twice as hard”? This is still true to this day, but even I’m privileged enough to say that black women probably had to work 4 times as hard in the 90s, especially in a male-dominated fabrication. You know exactly what area of this manufacture I’m talking about too…
I’m talking about the rap scene.
Yes, the most beautiful area of music and the one that has paved the way for so many other sub genres of it. See, the idea of only men being able to rap does not get acknowledged in this house or on this website (and probably won’t ever). Not to knock down what previous men have done, and still do, for this sector, but who’s to say that whenever magic was being made in a booth there wasn’t a woman there providing aid to the brainstorming? *tongue pop*
Anyway, I’m not here to really rant, I’m here to put y’all on.
Cause we all know that’s all I’m good at.
So, can we all agree that funky hip-hop is one of the undefeated sub genres of hip-hop? Hearing Funkdafied in a time like now makes you appreciate how simple it can really be to put out a project that’s saturated with talent. An undemanding line like “I ain’t a motha’ fuckin’ joke” brought an attitude and image to the table that had every woman yearning to reach a level of bad ass-ness that only Da Brat could exude. From the first to the last track it’s easy to recognize how fluid Brat is with her rhymes. The debut of this album solidified her role in the industry immediately and the attention she received from it is still unmatched to this day.
This was an artist who knew exactly what she wanted out of her platform and the message she wanted to provide for any woman trying to be what she was on and, as a woman trying to be what she is on, I am eternally grateful for a work of art like this one.
Let’s start the petition for Elon Musk to invent a time traveler so we can go back to the day this album released and show it more praise…because there’s no such thing as too much of that for women.
When you listen don’t forget to “lay back, kick it, and enjoy tha ride,” word to Da Brat.