Rapper Cardi B has emerged as a vociferous activist in addition to being one of the premier artists of her generation. The chart topping and history breaking entertainer has also gotten praise for her embrace of politics and change during the election season, even sitting down with the likes of Bernie Sanders at one point. Now, she’s taking aim at her male counterparts.
Women have definitely found their voice in many industries all across the globe, as they’ve been empowered and emboldened to speak out about mistreatment and abuse of all kinds against them. The sentiment has spread from the streets and uprisings to social media and beyond, starting with women artists in the business who are tired of being disrespected by it.
Earlier this year, Janelle Monae called for hip-hop to be “abolished” in a series of now-deleted tweets. Fed up with the lyrics of current hip-hop hits, Monae lashed out at the misogyny that is ever present in the lyrics of a lot of male artist’s music, leaving women the choice between ignoring the abuse or not listening to it period.
“I really only ever wanna hear women rapping. The amount of misogyny from most of men in rap and music is infuriating,” Janelle’s series of tweets started. And she had plenty more to say.
“Misogny [sic] has NEVER been okay yet it has become normalized. Women didn’t create misogny, y’all did. SO YOU DO THE WORK to ABOLISH IT.” Misogyny, as Monae is referring to it, is “dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women.” That definition definitely describes some of the lyrics that Monae is calling out that appear in radio hits all the time by men.
Monae also talked about being triggered and gas lit by the music she listens to and how she’s ready to move on from it, even adding that her and “her girls” still dance to the music despite the lyrics. That seems to be totally off the table, now.
“The only gas lighting I accept is the gas we lighting to burn down the misogyny.”
Monae’s tweets echo those of Cardi, who took aim recently at fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa. Wiz found himself caught between a fan and Cardi when he retweeted a response to a tweet that seemingly continued the tradition of pitting two women artists against each other, instead of celebrating both of their accomplishments.
I felt like I got throughly robbed for See You Again. Haven’t been bacc since, but when tha time comes ima have a joint rolled and dope ass speech ready. And it’s Taylor Gang Or Die— Wiz Khalifa (@wizkhalifa) November 24, 2020
The fan wrote “Cardi winning a Grammy when Nicki Minaj didn’t is the biggest proof that they don’t know a sh** bout music,” to which Wiz responded “Most self made artists have this problem.” Wiz continued his thoughts by comparing his own loss and the feeling of being robbed for his song “See You Again” not winning its respective categories when it was nominated previously.
Cardi, seeing this tweet, seemed to take it personally however, and targeted Wiz for falling prey to the same industry trap of pitting women against each other.
“I don’t understand why n****s entertain tweets that pit successful women against each other? Ya not tired of that? Specially when ya was rooting hard when a b**ch was at the bottom.”
Then to prove her point, she even pulled receipts to show how at one point he was a fan of hers. She posted a screenshot of a supposed direct message from Wiz, furthering her point that it can no longer be tossed aside as being accidental.
See the screenshot below.
This was Nikkas in my dms in 2016!They really support you when you grinding at the bottom then it’s a different story when you make it ! pic.twitter.com/AhRr3TTkRC— iamcardib (@iamcardib) November 24, 2020