man or that Iggy, as a woman, is infuriating. And if working with a White artist means that T.I. can now comfortably turn a blind eye to the fact that his girl is getting a lot of love because she’s White, that women of all races have had a rough road in hip-hop and the presence of White ones is now making it seemingly rougher for some of the sisters AND, the big one, it’s not okay for Iggy to use “slave master” as a punch line…then maybe diversity in hip-hop isn’t as appealing as some may have believed.
Furthermore, it sucks to see the Atlanta-rapper working against the great image we’d come to love via his reality show late last year. There’s no questioning that T.I. loves some Black women; his relationship with his wife and their children shocked reality show viewers, as we saw the trap star behaving more like Cliff Huxtable than the Cliff Harris who has a little trouble staying out of prison. Yet his sexism and insensitivity here is disappointing, if not surprising. Rap music has had girl problems since day one and this latest incident just serves as a reminder of how far we have to go in solving them.
Jamilah Lemieux is the News and Lifestyle Editor for EBONY.com. Follow her on Twitter: @jamilahlemieux