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My Culture Is Not A Trend: An Open Letter To The Hip Hop Girl

Since my late teens, up to this day, amongst the scene I am involved in I so often hear- “I want a hip hop girl”. It seems as though the “hip hop chick” factor adds value to a woman in the eyes of some males who are active within the culture.

Something about the “hip hop chick” became so appealing. If I had a dime for every time I’ve been approached by the opposite sex for the simple fact that I listen to hip hop- I’d probably be able to buy the pretty black and shiny G-Wagon I yearn so much- CASH!

The more I am involved in the scene the more I begin to open my eyes to my surroundings. There’s a peculiar thing I’ve noticed though- where did the boom of girls claiming “hip hop” suddenly emerge from?

I ask this question recalling the latest “real” hip hop show I attended, where a couple of 16 year old girls wearing Wu-Tang Clan shirts yelled at the top of their lungs “Wu-tang! Wooo! Play that sh** deejay!”, as they proceeded to take numerous selfies after their loud exclamations and say “This is so cool”. They were definitely bringing the ruckus, in a different way.

Now listen, in no way am I being a “hater” towards these young girls- to each their own. However, I’ve witnessed far too many girls in their early teens and 20s describe themselves as “hip hop heads” and it’s a itch I’ve been dying to scratch.

There’s a inner frustration that comes along with the females who claim to be “hip hop” and in reality have no background knowledge on the meaning of the word.

I’ve made it my duty to earn the respect that is given to me by avid listeners and activists of the culture. I’ve studied the genre’s past and pay attention and respect it’s evolution. I have yet so much to learn, and I know this, which is why I always continue seeking knowledge of it.

I hold an understanding of it’s roots, and know that it surpasses being merely a genre and culture that has been massively exploited on a public platform, completely stripping it from it’s essence and attributes for monetary purposes.

Hip hop is something dear to me. It’s a passion that has enabled me to build dreams and that continues to fuel me and take me on a personal growth. So when people, especially my gender, exploits it for something as simple as a few “likes” and wanting the “cool” stamp I find it degrading, annoying, and take a bit of personal offense to it.

Ladies, girls, females, women, b****’s (however you prefer to be addressed) MY CULTURE IS NOT A TREND!

First and foremost, always BE YOU. Claiming a scene to gain guys attention, to appear interesting, to be liked, or whatever the ulterior motive may be, is not appealing at all.

I understand that we all start somewhere, so I won’t bash you all to pieces, instead I want to help you all out a bit. There’s something that I want to instill in all of you, you can thank me later.

Claiming to be a “hip hop head” is different from being a mere rap music listener. If you are out here claiming the “Wu” and other golden era greats best believe you should make it your duty to educate yourself further on the music and culture. There will come a time in which you will be tested, and looked at funny if you fail to acquire proper opinion and knowledge. I don’t know who set a standard but someone did, and the culture abides by it.

If you are out here just listening to Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, 2Chainz, and Drake, and have no knowledge of the other side of the game then you will not come across this problem, so keep doing your thing and twerking that thang at the club boo.

As for the rest of y’all, who have become intrigued by hip hop and it’s vibrant culture, I plea you to give it the respect it deserves. There’s so much history to learn. So many facets to the music and culture in itself to gain knowledge of.

It’s hard enough being a female in this scene. Women have been disrespected and degraded left and right as the culture has evolved. From being viewed as an object and being the prime subject of rap’s sexual conquest, to not being given proper opportunity to exemplify equal amount of skill as the men running the game because we have a vagina and not a 6-inch piece of meat hanging between our legs to justify our capability. It’s hard out here to earn respect for our gender.

Most of the time it doesn’t matter how knowledgeable and qualified you may be. Society as a whole will never fully change some of the perspectives it has held onto for so long. It’s up to us to gain our individual respect, and when it comes to this hip hop thing I feel it is more so important, for those of us involved in it.

I don’t like the “groupie” stamp that so often is placed upon females involved in the scene, although some of y’all do deserve it for acting a fool out here. As a sincere aficionado of the culture and voice for women, I want to encourage you all to break the stereotypes.

To the ladies claiming hip hop: earn your respect. If hip hop and all its attributions entice you, the least you can do is reciprocate the love back by constantly seeking understanding and history. Trust me, the love only grows as you get deeper into it.

Don’t be that chick that people talk sh** about for not forming honorable critique. Trust me that there’s a lot of sh** talking going down amongst the avid admirers about people like that, it’s not even exclusive to females but I’m addressing my ladies because I don’t want you all to be the butt of our jokes. I pity many of these lost girls running around here, claiming things they have very little knowledge of.

I see this culture being thrown around by some of you as if it’s just the “in” thing to be part of for the sake of being fun and hip. There’s more to it when it comes to this hip hop sh**, and because the progression and empowerment of women and hip hop is something very dear to my heart, I hope I can encourage more women to see past the surface in all that I do.

I want my women and my HIP HOP to be treated and carried with respect.
So please ladies, each one teach one. Inspire one another, and let’s further the culture and the respect amongst ourselves.

– Stace Fresh


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