Hip Hop is not about making women look bad or treating them like they don’t exist. Every successful rapper has a song about someone special in his life and most of them chose their mother or their loved one to be the main subject of their lyrics.
Below we have ten examples of rappers that have an empowering message for women.
10. Wu Tang – Clan – Camay (Ghostface Killah feat. Raekwon & Cappadona)
One of the most respectful and eulogizing songs from the Clan. This only shows the Clan’s versatility and ability to create beautiful lyrics that have much more than just rhymes at the end. It shows that even rappers that are always talking about guns and fights, can have a sensitive part, especially when it comes to women.
9. Tupac Shakur – Keep Ya Head Up
Tupac was one of those rappers that was not afraid to show respect to women in this genre. With this song he makes an analysis of how males treat females and tries to open up other brother’s minds. The song is dedicated to his godson and to Corin. (Salt’s daughter – from Salt’N’Pepa)
8. Nas – Daughters
In this song Nas remembers everyone that every woman is someone’s daughter. He even touches the subject of how women are viewed in hip-hop and tries tot discourage sexism.
7. Mikky Blanco – Wavvy
This gender non-conforming rapper’s aggressive and intimidating style, along with her disturbing videos are sure to bring some attention to LGBTQ and Women’s Rights.
6. Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)
The queen makes here an analysis of the situations of the gender relations. While also calling men out for not being able to remain near a single woman and her family, the song focuses a lot more on telling women that they are more than looks and they should focus more on creating an own path, not trying to impress men.
5. Drake – You & Six
Drake has always been close to his mother and he never misses an opportunity to show his love and appreciation for her. As he once said in a song “I’m urging all daughters to kiss their mothers / With those lips that all that lipstick covers / You’re never too grown up to miss and hug her”.
4. Ab-Soul – Double Standards
On this song, Soulo does an analysis of how men and women are viewed today in our society and what is expected of them. He points out how men are encouraged to be promiscuous while women are criticized for the same reason.
3. Outkast – SpottieOttieDopalicious
In Big Boi’s words, this is “a girl that is superfine, bad, sexy, intelligent and jazzy all at the same time”. Do I need to tell you more?
2. Angel Haze – Cleaning Out my Closet
In this sad song, on the beat of Eminem’s “Cleaning out my closet” Angel Haze tells her story. In her younger years she was sexually assaulted multiple times and on this track she shows that anyone can go through that but it doesn’t need to be the end. You are not alone!
1. Method Man – All I Need ft. Mary J. Blige
One of the most lovable collaborations, Mary J. Blige really makes Method Man step up his game on this song when it comes to love and relations. A passionate thug? That all I need.