The Evolution of Women in Rap: An Analysis of Contemporary Female Rappers in Relation to Feminism

The representation of female rappers has gone through an evolution, moving from power through a strong feminist outlook towards a postfeminist power through sexuality with vulgarity and disrespect for both men and women. However, it is now attempting to return back to the positive strong woman image, but maintains the negative connotation due to the persistence of aspects that support the degradation and objectification of women. The progression that has occurred is prevalent throughout the genre, but will be specifically shown through a comparative analysis of lyrics and music videos of the artists Lil’ Kim, Nicki Minaj, and Iggy Azalea. Continue reading