In a recent CNN exchange on women in rap, “The Breakfast Club” radio host Angela Yee publicist Karen Civil and Brooklyn rapper Donmonique discussed sexism within the industry and how impacts both perceived and real relationships among women.
It’s a topic that’s top of mind given all of the chatter as of late over a supposed feud between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, a social-media-fueled debate reflecting a space so marginalized for women that the concept of two females thriving seems impossible.
“This whole environment does make it women against women and we’re kind of like insulting each other the same way men insult us said,” said Yee, who noted, “It’s important for us to get ourselves in more positions of power and when we’re in those positions to mentor other young women, help other young women out.”
“I’ve noticed that with a lot of beef that goes on online it’s rarely ever the actual people that’s in the beef,” noted Donmonique. “It’s usually the fans that initiate stuff with the comments.” She added that the wide array of sounds in hip hop makes the format more ripe for collaboration than feuds.