Feminists in the Music World
In today’s music world, the genre of rap and R&B is mostly dominated by male artists. However, there are a few women that follow John Stuart Mill’s philosophy that jobs should be set by talent, not gender. Through their music, Keri Hilson and Nicki Minaj show women that they can succeed in male dominated professions.
In many of Keri Hilson’s older songs, she depicts the “My man hurt me, but I still love him” image. Her lyrics were often about being hurt by men, and how she had to get over her broken heart. However, in her more recent music, she promotes girl power and self-confidence. In one of her most recent hits, “Pretty Girl Rock,” Hilson sings about the confidence and beauty – both inner and outer – that a woman should have. In the video, shown below, she portrays famous females from the past that were considered to be beautiful, such as Diana Ross and the women of TLC.
Through this video, she shows that beauty comes in various shapes and sizes. Her lyrics are encouraging for all women, with the main message of “Get yourself together don’t hate/jealousy is the ugliest trait.”
Another modern feminist in the media is Nicki Minaj. As a female rapper, she has very high standards to live up to. It is difficult to be successful as a female in such a male dominated career. However, Minaj seems to be very successful. She has many of her own hit songs, and is featured in many songs led by male artists. Through this, she is becoming one of the more successful female rappers of the age, sharing this position in the media with Lil Kim and Missy Eliot. Through her success she has been signed to Lil Wayne’s record label. Currently, Minaj is one of two females signed to the record, which consists of thirteen artists in total. This shows that Minaj has the ability and talent to hold up with the males of the music genre. Her new album, “Pink Friday,” she promotes a “Barbie” image, in which she told the media that to be like Barbie, one must have an attitude. Through having this attitude, a woman can do anything, because frankly, Barbie could do anything. She had multiple jobs, and was always very successful, even in male dominated fields. Minaj wants to promote this to women everywhere, showing that females can have just as much success as men; they just need the confidence.
John Stuart Mill was a liberal feminist, who believed that men and women should be equal in the workforce, based on talent, not gender. Nicki Minaj and Keri Hilson both have the talent to succeed in the male dominated world of rap and R&B. Through their music, these two women have shown women that they need to have talent, as well as confidence and inner beauty in order to succeed in a world of men.