Jan 7, 2011

Lil' Wayne's love of light-skinned women leads to black-lash

Via TheGrio:

Lil' Wayne's back in the hot seat. The lyrics from his new single "Right Above" have pissed off some of his fans, a few of whom are vowing to boycott the artist.

In the song Lil' Wayne rhymes "beautiful black woman, I bet that b*tch look better red." That would have been enough to elicit some eye rolls, but insult got added to injury when a female fan shared an alleged incident she experienced with the rapper. The self-described dark-skinned fan took to gossip website Bossip, claiming that when she asked the rapper why he would use the above lyric when his daughter is brown-skinned, Lil' Wayne replied "my daughter is a dark skinned millionaire, that's the difference between her and you." He then supposedly went on to say that he made sure that all his other baby mommas were light-skinned.

Whether or not this story is true, it doesn't exactly seem far-fetched. This just in from Captain Obvious: rappers show preference to light-skinned women. It appears to be some universal law applied to all up and coming rappers' contracts. Just take a look at the music video chronology of the average aspiring hip hop star: the first debut video takes place on the block. They've got people from the hood they grew up with, average folk dancing in a street party with some caddies and broads from the local strip club. A few videos and maybe an album later, you've got the club video -- glossy, celebrity friends, video girls who have gotten noticeably more attractive and better dressed, not to mention lighter skinned.

Finally, once a rapper has really arrived, you get the exotic travel video -- Brazil, Bahamas, St. Tropez, and not a black girl to be seen. Kanye West, another guy known for his light-skinned preferences, rapped it best -- "but when you get on, he leave yo' ass for a white girl."

Nevertheless, some people cease to be amazed when their favorite rapper abandons their brown-skinned brethren for lighter pastures. If this fan is in fact telling the truth, she has every right to be hurt, disgusted, and disappointed. But should everyone else should jump on the boycott Lil' Wayne wagon? I think not.

Boycotting Lil' Wayne because he's colorstruck is like boycotting Rush Limbaugh because you heard the guy doesn't like kids. Seriously, there are so many other reasons to be mad at Wayne, such as his misogynistic and violent lyrics. He's never been hailed as a bastion of moral righteousness, so should we really be surprised he that he's not culturally sensitive and informed? Sure it's annoying and disappointing that he's unaware of the roots of his bias, perpetuating the "white is right" slave logic to his fans. It even makes me feel sorry for the guy -- have you taken a look in the mirror Lil' Wayne? Looks like you wouldn't pass your own test.

But I suppose Lil' Wayne has a right to his baby momma preferences, and some would argue skin color bias is no different from a height or weight bias in dating. If nothing else, as an artist who's never set himself up to be a moral leader, expectations of his conduct should be low enough to encompass this ignorance. If someone looks up to Lil' Wayne as a role model, that unfortunately is going to have to be handled as a personal problem, because he very clearly doesn't want the responsibility.

You can either reject him as trash or respect him as a rapper, but if you are a fan you really can't go putting strident moral parameters on Lil' Wayne. As long as he's not hurting anybody, you got to let the man live, albeit in ignorance and self-hatred.


  1. Lil Wayne

    I used to love her.
    Fuck it, I still do.
    Cause love never die.
    But it can kill you.
    I pray to heaven sky that it never kill me.
    It can get you real weak, but fuck it, I'm a lil G.
    My baby girl thought I was fucking every little freak.
    But darling, I was raised by a woman, that ain't the real me.
    Still she, managed to spill out a little me.
    Watched the doctors wipe the blood from her little feet.
    And god damn, she resembles me.
    She's my forgiveness for every sin and penalty living in me.
    She should be living with me.
    But what am I to do, when her mother disagree.
    I do me.


    How can something so right, go so wrong (x 4)

    (Verse 2)

    I even took your hand.
    And walked down the aisle.
    It takes a strong man.
    To do that young and wild.
    Look at your wedding band.
    That 17 thousand.
    But still she took the stand.
    Now I pay for my child.
    And there comes divorce.
    Mama I had to file.
    And as sad as it sounds, Mama I'm happy now.
    And my other girl got a new baby daddy now.
    And retaliation hurts, she getting married now.
    And when I lay down to sleep.
    I feel like I have died, I can be carried out, and buried now.
    But hear me now.
    I am here and now.
    So appealing til I dissapear, but still it got me feeling like.


    Verse 3)

    I'm in my early twenties.
    And all the ladies dig me.
    They like that baby face.
    They like the baby in me.
    That's why its Weezy Baby.
    And please say the baby.
    You know that nigga Baby.
    Yea he done paid me crazy.
    I won a few Source Awards, I haven't won an oscar.
    So I don't know how to act like my sweet ain't sour.
    So I run to my mama.
    She let me smoke and fret bout' my drama, then give me power.
    Imma go and use all my knowledge, and get acknowledged.
    If the Protools stop recording I'm still balling.
    I know you probably don't care bout' where my heart is.
    But just to let you know its where yours is.


  2. Does a boycott make sense? Sure it does for those that find in offensive.

    For me personally, I don't internalize statements or beliefs like that otherwise I'd feel inadequate. It's unfortunate that some feel this way like light is better than dark. It's an age-old problem and probably forever will be.

    But for those that don't want to patronize him...why not? If denigrated women in another way, it would be grounds for a boycott.

  3. would anyone have asked Mrs. Parks and MLK if boycotting racist buses made sense? of course not, and this is no different -- only the enemy is one of "our own" this time. a self-hating black person

    sisters you are going to have to wake up and realize your true power -- it's in the economics. people don't care about your ranting on a message board or blog. they only care when you vote with your dollars or your feet. black women spend over 600 billion per year on consumer goods -- YES YOU HAVE POWER.

    your real power is displayed when you have a choice to purchase a 99 cent lil wayne song on your ipod, but opt for chrisette michelle's "let freedom reign" instead.

    empower yourself and boycott ignorant rap once and for all

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