Hate monger, I mean, actress Amanda Bynes, is well on her way to making her rapping debut with Waka Flocka Flame stepping in as her producer.
While it’s admirable that Bynes is taking the next step in entertainment albeit backpedaling from her acting career by going into rapping, I personally do not think she is going to make it very far.
There are various reasons for my thinking.
When was the last time a white female rapper made any significant impact on the rap game other than being played on mainstream radio? The first time I laid ears on a white female rapper was Sarai, and she’s long gone from the game. Alas, arising from her one-hit-wonder ashes,along came Kreayshawn, Lil Debbie, V-Nasty, and Iggy Azalea – all in which you need to point me in the direction of because I haven’t heard from them in quite some time.
The sword that slashes at white female rappers has two strokes. Firstly, being white puts these rappers at a disadvantage because these rappers have to transform “whiteness” into something that Black culture will accept. Eminem and The Beastie Boys have been the only ones to fully break past the skin color boundary and really push past expectations of the rap industry… and they had a lot to prove with Markie Mark and Vanilla Ice being their ancestors.
Secondly, being a female in a male-dominated industry is even harder. A female in the industry has to prove, not only that she can rap, but also that she is marketable. She has to be sexy and she has to be able to handle the media with her wits and charm. Back in the day we had Lil Kim, Latifah, MC Lyte, Remy, Trina, Eve, Missy – the list goes on and on. However, because of backstage and industry cattiness (*cough Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj cough*) it seems as though there’s only one spot for a mainstream female emcee position.
Mix these two issues together and you’re pretty much set for disaster. White female rappers are just hard to take seriously. Being white puts you on a back foot and being a female you’re practically clawing at anything to keep you afloat in the game.
Additionally, Bynes’ acting career will hold her back most definitely. Her celebrity status in the acting world puts her in the same musical category that Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian are in. The “I-have-enough-money-so-I’m-going-to-do-whatever-I-want” musical genre. Granted, I still blast Stars Are Blind, but that’s not the point.
If Bynes is musically talented, she better turn up the volume tenfold. So far, she hasn’t necessarily shown herself in the best light and instead has been coming off as completely crazy. Here’s to hoping she’s about to pull one from underneath us and deliver some good tracks. Prove me wrong, Amanda.
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