The topic of misogyny since the birth of hip hop, and throughout recent music history has always been a conversation. There are always a few artists who test the waters and push the envelope in the way they refer to women (whether singing or rapping). Recently, MC Lyte spoke out on the uncommon style that Fetty Wap employs in the way that he refers to women in his music. Here’s what she had to say:
“He may have a very unique way of presenting his ideas, but he does love women,” she said on the “Hip-Hop: Women’s Vulnerability and Voices” panel held during a White House Council on Women & Girls summit last Friday (Nov. 20).
Lyte agreed with the moderator Charlene Carruthers that Fetty could easily be the most feminist artist in hip-hop today. ”For what he’s up against in this climate with all of the other emcees, he’s taking a stand. He’s being pretty courageous right now with what it is that he presents in his music, because it’s really not the norm.”
Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean (“I mean, he raps about his grandma,” she said), Common, and Talib Kweli were some other artists that she believed addressed women respectfully in their work. J. Cole, Lyte was less enthusiastic about, saying that she loved him, but “sometimes he can say something a little out the box.”
Referencing the point that hip-hop is meant to be provocative, Lyte said, ”You win the challenge when you’re able to get your message across without degrading your sister.”
Here’s more on what she had to say on the feminism panel, below: