Monday, February 26, 2007

I Miss Lil Kim.

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There is something sorely missing from hip hop. Hip hop is missing the the voice of a woman that is sexual, raw and self possesed. A woman who has created and stays in her lane and is clearly unapolgetic about who she is.

I usta be scared of the d*ck/
now I throw my lips on the sh
*t/
handle it like a real b*tch/.

"Asserting herself sexually like a hip-hop Millie Jackson, Kim's ribald accounts of healthy sexual appetite come off as empowering," said Time Out. "Kim is a revolutionary figure in the sense that she's a woman who is articulating the same perverted thoughts that men have been rhyming about for years," said CMJ in their "Dope!"-rated review. Spin concurred, stating "Lil' Kim is possessed of so much natural panache and audacity that she packs the attack of a 50-foot woman."
The New York Times article on surban mommas pole dancing to add spice to their lives reminds me of kim and the schizophrenic realtionship that this country has with sex.
Pole dancing, once exclusively the province of exotic dancers, has flared up as a much-hyped Hollywood exercise craze, and has seeped into the collective unconscious through shows like “The Sopranos” and “Desperate Housewives.” A variant called motorized pole dancing, which occurs in stretch limos, has raised eyebrows as far away as Britain, where some female university students pole-danced as a fund-raiser for testicular cancer. And mini-poles have even been spotted as dance props at over-the-top bat mitzvah parties in suburban precincts.
My first problem with the article is that it presupposes that suburban mommas are not suppose to be mashing in the first place.

Secondily.

In our culture, Strippers are lower than spit.

So what does it means when "Surban" re responsible and lady like and not sexual women start "pole dancing" for fun.

Its serves as evidence of "stripper culture" permeating mainstream culture without any analysis of what it means to be a woman that makes her living off selling the notion of sex, the fantasy of sex, and for that matter sex.

Some say exercise that echoes the acrobatics done by women who take their clothes off for a living is exploitative rather than empowering. But Ms. Shteir and Joan Price, the author of “Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk About Sex After Sixty” (Seal Press, 2006), see a clear difference between middle-class, middle-aged women choosing to give parties in their homes and women pushed by poverty into potentially dangerous or demeaning work.
“I want the women to feel strong within themselves,” explained Ms. Cottam, 29, who teaches pole dancing at a local gym as well as at home parties. Noting that some middle-aged suburban women lose themselves and their sense of sexuality as they are consumed by the responsibilities of motherhood, she added: “When you come to my class you are beautiful, you are. I want to show them that strength inside, and unleash that sexual kitten.”

Think about it. The Duke rape case was largely scandless because the accuser was a black woman, EXOTIC DANCER, momma and student.

Kim will never be Kim again.

With jail, the loss of of Biggie and the cosmetic surgeries, life is different for Kim.

However, I remember reading her article in Honey magazine and feeling like I knew her and being glad that she existed.

Hip Hop needs her voice.

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Good Morning Blog Family. Did you see the snow last night? It was purrrrty. It actually made me relax. And that was after two cups of coffee, a cinnamon roll, an 4 hours of reading, lol.

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15 comments:

Anonymous said...

i agree,she never will be the same but i think she will come back for us and the rap game soon!

Hummingbyrd said...

Er.

Things don't look so great for kim.

She has morphed into another person.

& Hip Hop is different now.

But sh*t.

If janet can do it, perhaps kim can also.

The Minority Reporter said...

What????!?!?? Janet's back?!?!?!?! Oh...didn't know.

Gosh I remember my bff and I in 10th grade in the Masion Blanche on Canal street going down the escalator imitating the No Time video. LMAO. That Lil Kim along with that New Orleans is in the wind now. They might make comebacks...but it'll never be the same

neo said...

I guess I'mma be the only one that doesn't care either way..

Never was a fan of kim, not now won't ever be...and I'm not part of the school of thought that thinks a woman who raps about stuff like kim or foxy is empowering. At least not in my definition of empowerment...

Hummingbyrd said...

HI MP.

I noticed how you have been MIA.

LOL.

Ms. New Orleans Mardi Gras.

I ain't retarded. - Maceo, De La Soul , Stakes is High

Hummingbyrd said...

@ Neo.

Well. What do you find empowering for women then?

And what do you think constitutes empowerment in rap for men?

~hubbbabyrd

The Minority Reporter said...

MIA lol

And I call myself tryin sneak through the back door

thanks Sis.

The Minority Reporter said...

Oh my bad...and by all means necessary peep the HBO jawn Bastards of the Party. You can view some of it on youtube

friggin dope

neo said...

Empowerment = upliftment, creating an access/avenue for self-improvement.

Anything that does this for women whether it be in hip hop or daily life is empowering...getting equal pay as with men is empowering, having more opportunities in places once dominated by men is empowerment, making great hip hop music is empowering...and no kim, imo is not.

I feel the same way about men as well.

The key here is self-improvement, improvement as a community and as individuals. Now one could argue that women who rap about misogyny in the same way men do are 'gittin money guap or whatever but why do it at the expense of the young ones who are listening? Who prolly don't have someone tell 'em, "this is not real life?"

Rap =/= real life.

Da Truf said...

Word! Thanks for the love, mama. I'm feeling your blog too! Lemme go ahead and link ya, for goddsakkes. You are a vet in this game.

Da Truf said...

Oh yeah...BTW


Kim is the shit. She killed that "Quiet Storm" cameo with Mobb Deep, WAS Junior Mafia, will BEAST any dude on the MIC, and most importantly, writes her own shit.

K.I.M. for life!

Miss Ahmad said...

I was never really a fan of Lil Kim, maybe it was the time I spent in Brooklyn right before the release of her first album. Maybe cuz I always liked Foxy and I remember when they thought they were gonna be the next Salt n Peppa, but I can say for certain that at this point Lil Kim probably misses Lil Kim.

She shows all the signs of a girl who lost herself in the shuffle.

Hummingbyrd said...

@ da truf,

Glad you came through.

Good looking out on the laink.

Dude. Junior Mafia.

Lol.

Hummingbyrd said...

@ Miss Ahmad.

You know whats hella funny.

I ain't like Bay hip hop till I moved to NY.

I ain't like 2pac till he died.

& I ain't like/appreciate Kim until recently also.

Thats the beauty of Art.

We come into it, when we do.

Thats funny.

Kim or Foxy.

I never like "Ain't no N*gga".

I know.

Im hypocritcal and complicated.

What writer isn't?

Lol?

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