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If Women Ran Hip Hop
Aya de Leon
United StatesGALLERYCONVERSATION
If women ran hip hop
the beats and rhymes would be just as dope,
but there would never be a bad vibe when you walked in the place
and the clubs would be beautiful and smell good
and the music would never be too loud


but there would be free earplugs available anyway
and venues would have skylights and phat patios
and shows would run all day not just late at night
cuz If women ran hip hop we would have nothing to be ashamed of
and there would be an African marketplace
with big shrines to Oya
Yoruba deity of the female warrior and entrepreneur
and women would sell and barter and prosper
If women ran hip hop
there would never be shootings
cuz there would be onsite conflict mediators
to help you work through all that negativity and hostility
and there would also be free condoms and dental dams
in pretty baskets throughout the place
as well as counselors to help you make the decision:
do I really want to have sex with him or her?
and there would be safe, reliable, low-cost 24-hour transportation home
and every venue would have on-site quality child care
where kids could sleep while grown folks danced
and all shows would be all ages cause the economy of hip hop wouldn’t
revolve around the sale of
alcohol
If women ran hip hop
same gender–loving and transgender emcees
would be proportionally represented
and get mad love from everybody
and females would dress sexy if we wanted to celebrate
our bodies
but it wouldn’t be that important because
everyone would be paying attention to our minds,
anyway
If women ran hip hop
men would be relieved because it’s so draining
to keep up that front of toughness and power and
control 24-7
If women ran hip hop
the only folks dancing in cages would be dogs and cats
from the local animal shelter
excited about getting adopted by pet lovers in the crowd
If women ran hip hop
there would be social workers available to refer gangsta
rappers
to 21-day detox programs where they could get clean
and sober
from violence and misogyny
but best of all, if women ran hip hop
we would have the dopest female emcees ever
because all the young women afraid to bust
would unleash their brilliance on the world
cause it’s the time for the reclaiming of hip hop.
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Juliana Cottrell (United States)
I certainly agree that not only hip hop but the world would be so much different if more women held places of power. I do think it is important to recognize the game changing men who have propelled the world forward in a positive direction. I believe we need to maintain this type of male leadership and bring more women into the seats next to them . After all, balance is everything.

Mccrae Medina (United States)
I love this! I wish it could be this way.. Change takes time, but well worth the effort. Love to read more of your viewpoints about music, art and the position women have in both!
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Imagining Ourselves Team (United States)
Do you agree that the entertainment industry would really be very different if women were in higher positions?
 
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