Beats, Rhymes, and Transcending Fourth-Wave Feminism

In my life, there’s great dichotomy between hip hop and academia, and for a genre I never think about critically, it’s ubiquitous. My peers throw around subtle critiques about Kendrick, the words of Dr. Dre underscored my high school homecomings, and my best friend and I still listen to Beats, Rhymes, and Life every time we see each other. But in preparation for an academic dialogue on women’s place in hip hop, I realized that I’ve accepted its gender-related foibles as a fact of the genre.