Are female rappers today just "strippers rapping?" Jermaine Dupri, Cardi B and others feel some type of way about it [VIDEOS]

July 18, 2019
Kevin Winter / Staff

*WARNING: explicit language in video*

Are females rappers today just "strippers rapping?" That's the question. 

Or is the question "Is that a valid question?" *Alexa, play Twerk by City Girls and Cardi B.*

I can't really say. Really. I mean there obviously is literally and infamously a former stripper that is rapping with Cardi B. And of course with Cardi, people associate other acts such as Megan Thee Stallion and City Girls. Is it simply because they are female rappers? Or because their music sound and content are so similiar? (I have to admit Act Up and Freak Nasty do mix well together in the club). 

Then again there are other female rappers that aren't strippers, never were, and don't rap about their bodies or twerk or anything remotely like that. Off top, Young M.A. definitely comes to mind. 

So why is this even a question?

Well, because Jermaine Dupri made some comments about exactly that recently. In an initial interview with PeopleTV, Dupri said, amongst other things, exacty that; "It's like strippers rapping." And that led to a whole lot of replies from people such as Wendy Williams and Cardi B, who took to Instagram to respond in a video. 


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Since the initial interview posted days ago, and clapbacks such as this have surfaced, Jermaine Dupri has made some efforts to try and clarify his remarks. Most recently he actually went on a newscast, KTLA 5, as well as TMZ interviews. He points out that the one remark everyone is quoting is not all of what was said. And in all fairness, it isn't. Especially when in conversation you preface such statements with "for me" (which indicates an opinion or a personal observation based off of what he sees), isn't someone entitled to express things like that? His whole statement and surrounding sentiments regarded "for me, its like strippers rapping, and I don't, as far a s rap goes, I'm not getting who is the best rapper." He then went on to speak about a female rapper he undoubtedly holds in high regard, who is from the past age of hip hop and he considers broke the mold for female rappers, Da Brat.

Does that change anything? More context and more of a conversation? Is he saying that its a problem about time in respect to rap and female rappers? Or is the conversation just simply that female rappers that are successful today are rapping about that stripper life and sounding the same? More so, is it what Cardi says, and they are rapping about those things because they aren't successful when they don't?

I honestly don't know and can't say. But I can extract those questions from this whole situation AND I can share the context of those videos below for you to try and decide for yourself. Good luck with that. 

(Jemraine Dupri's initial interview with PeopleTv).

(His recent interview on TMZ).

(His recent newscast interview).