Why Do People Question The Authenticity of Rap Songs More Than Any Other Genre?

I’ve heard lots of people for years complain about how all mainstream rappers do is lie in all of their songs. They complain about how mainstream rappers lie about the money they have, the women they sleep with, the people they kill, the drugs they’ve sold and how much money they made off selling drugs, the drugs they do, etc.

A lot of people were upset and tried to clown 2 Chainz when they found out he was a college graduate and played basketball while attending there. Earlier this year, Billie Eilish criticized rappers who lie in their songs. I used to ride on that train, too, until I realized this—rappers are questioned about their songs’ authenticity more than any other type of artists from any other genre. Why is that?

When we listen to R&B songs, are those singers really sleeping with the women they’re singing about? A lot of them are probably down low gay, but they get on records, singing about women. Are these R&B singers really in love with the people they sing about? They could be cheating on them in real life. Yet on a song, they’re sooooo in love. What about the R&B songs that talk about how beautiful and special a woman is. Do they genuinely feel that way or are they just telling the woman what she wants to hear to get what they want? Or the ones that sing about getting a ton of women, but in real life, are married and extremely faithful. I don’t believe people question what’s said in R&B like they question rap.

What about these pop songs where the women are proudly singing about how they left their man and is so over them. Are they really telling the truth or are they still crying about the dude and running back to him? All these pop artists singing about partying. Are they really partying like they say? They probably stay at home eating snacks all day instead and HATE parties.

And these female rappers that rap about how men ain’t shit and they’ll never need a man for anything, yet go home and cuddle up to one every night. Or rap about how good they are at sex or how many men they sleep with, but in real life, they’re probably not that good at sex, or are abstinent or waiting to get married to have sex. Or the ones who are naked in every video, but in reality, they probably hate rapping about sex and being naked in every song.

Or these conscious rappers who rap about black power stuff and black independence in their music, but in real life they’re kissing white people’s asses or saying coon shit. Or the ones that rap about positive stuff, but in real life, they’re doing drugs, hating on their fellow man, or disrespecting/beating women. I never hear anyone question conscious rap. As a matter of fact, I feel like that’s the least questioned genre of music out of all of them. People eat conscious rap up without any problem at all.

And yet still, nobody questions these people in these genres like they question mainstream rappers. Not everybody tells the truth in their songs, whether it’s a rap song, pop song, R&B song, or whatever. A lot of artists that make these songs make them because they know that’s what sells or that’s what they’re told to make by their label executives. Not because they actually do what they’re talking about in their songs in real life.

I believe people question rap the way they do because it’s one of the, if not THE, highest selling and popular genre in all of music, but it’s black dominated. And you know how a lot of people hate on things that’s black dominated. They question it to probably turn people away from it and have an excuse to criticize it.

I want people to stop questioning rappers like they’re the only ones who say things in their songs that isn’t true and just enjoy the music or don’t. Because if they question the authenticity of rappers’ music, but not any other genre, they’re just being hypocrites and spewing and repeating bullshit.

Female Rap Is Taking Over!

Everyone is talking about Jermaine Dupri’s comments about today’s popular female rappers, saying they are “strippers rapping” and they rap about the same things all the time. Although I agree, I feel like him saying this is one sided and I feel like men saying and agreeing with this without checking male rappers are only threatened by the influx of upcoming female rappers.

Having this view about female rappers is one sided because the male rappers are no different. How many popular male rappers are there that aren’t rapping about drugs, sex, bitches, and hoes in every song? I’ve seen so many women ask this question in response to this statement about female rappers and the men name literally the same handful of male rappers: Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Drake. Like every man who responded literally named these same few every single time. None of them named anyone different. If you can’t name more than three to five popular (keyword here) male rap artists that don’t rap about degenerate nonsense, what does that tell you?

Men are only attacking female rappers because it’s on the rise now. More people are starting to listen to and check for female rappers. The female rappers are doing better on the charts and selling more than a lot of male rappers right now.

Female rap is on the rise and it’s taking over and men are starting to feel threatened. That’s the truth!

Cardi B responded to these statements and I couldn’t agree more. Here’s her response:

Azealia Banks Blames Black Men For Why Bodak Yellow Went #1

I’m sorry. Black industry men are too hype for this Latina girl. I’ve never seen them jump like this for Remy or Nicki. Spinning this ‘for the culture’ story when they are simply letting white men at Atlantic buy them into hating their own women… I wanted spicy Latina and she gave me poor mans Nicki. Charlamagne and black men in Hip-Hop should have gotten me, Remy AND Nicki a number one before they gave Cardi or Iggy one. But literally white guys buy black men away from black women and it’s soo cringe.

The moment Bodak Yellow by Cardi B topped the Billboard chart at #1, Azealia Banks responded with this post on her social media. I first saw it on a video by a YouTuber named Chrissie and she was addressing what she said.

At first glance, I thought it sounded like she was telling the truth. But now that I think about it, she really is trying to throw black men under the bus because Cardi B got a #1 Billboard song and not a black female rapper. She’s basically saying it’s black men’s fault Bodak Yellow went #1 on Billboard before a black female rapper did. It’s ridiculous, laughable, and disgusting.

At first, I thought Azealia Banks was a woman who’s just misunderstood and people just hated her because it’s cool and popular. After that B.S. I see now that the people are right. I don’t think anybody should take anything she says seriously at this point. And I feel bad for writing this because I really tried to give her a chance. I listened to a few of her songs and even though they weren’t my cup of tea, I still thought she had a great singing voice and was very good at rapping. But now, I think the things she says and does completely overshadows her talent. It’s sad that she’s known more for her antics and the crazy things she says when she really has talent. It’s a shame!

And I’m starting to believe that this is going to be a pattern for her. Whenever there’s a light skinned or nonblack female rapper who makes it to #1, she will always try to express this psuedo problack, anti-black man drivel that makes it look as if she’s speaking up for black women or black issues when she’s really just spilling her insecurities and hate for black men everywhere. She pulled this stunt with Iggy Azalea first. Now, she’s doing it with Cardi B. At this rate, I can almost guarantee that she will do this to the next person like them.

Getting deeper into why I think her comments are wrong, first of all, is blaming black men for Bodak Yellow being #1 is definitely misguided because 1) the music industry is white owned. White men own all or most of the major record labels. They control these artists and they choose what is hot and what songs should be pushed and promoted to be hits. 2) Cardi B’s biggest supporters are black women, not black men. She has way more black female fans than black male fans. When I skim through the comments under her videos and social media, most of the supportive comments are from black women. Black women are the main ones who like Bodak Yellow and are showing themselves on videos dancing to it or whatever. So, she needs to guide her comments to the white owned record industry and black women. (Don’t get me wrong. I don’t see anything wrong with supporting Cardi B. If you like Cardi B and Bodak Yellow, by all means continue to like it. I’m not antagonizing anyone who does, just to make things clear. I’m only showing that black men aren’t the reason for why it’s #1 and she shouldn’t try to jab them in the eye for it.) And Iggy Azalea went to #1 NOT because of black men, but because of the white owned industry and her white fan base. Black men do not care for Iggy Azalea like she thinks they do and they never did.

Her saying black men were more hype for Cardi B and showing her more love than they ever did for Nicki Minaj or Remy Ma is also wrong. I remember when Nicki Minaj first started to become popular in the Hip-Hop scene. Tons of black men were fascinated with her. Maybe not because of her music, but definitely because of her looks. Black men were always raging over how she looked and a lot of them still do today and have done for her way more than Cardi B. And Remy Ma may not be as popular as Nicki or Cardi B mainstream wise, but many black men have complimented her rap skills and listen to her and do so more than they do with Cardi B. So, that’s just extremely false. I feel like she just said this because Cardi B isn’t black.

But I do agree with her basically saying black female rappers are typically overlooked. There are tons of beautiful black female rappers who are amazing rappers, but they don’t get to be #1 on Billboard or popular at all and are always pushed aside for light skinned or nonblack women. But again, I don’t blame black men for this. I blame the music industry. The industry doesn’t look at talent and we can tell just by listening to most popular songs on the radio today.

There’s enough anti-black man stuff on the Internet and a lot of it isn’t even necessary. This just adds on to it. Her post looked as if she viewed black men as the enemy for Cardi B having a #1 hit song and probably wants other black women to view them the same. Her post came off as bitter and ridiculous to me. It also showed me she’s just a bedwench.

What makes this worst is that many black women will believe her and hate black men for this because it’s in to throw black men under the bus now and blame them for everything bad. It’a pretty toxic way to think if you ask me.