Erstwhile Kris Kross svengali Jermaine Dupri is under fire for pointing out the fact that most popular female rappers these days are just ex-strippers who had a guy write them a few rhymes.
This is obviously true to anyone who's been subjected to rap music for the past few years. Cardi B, Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion all more or less fit this description (though it's been alleged that the latter writes her own rhymes).
And yet, many people on social media took exception to Dupri's remarks.
Some helpfully pointed out that his opinion doesn't matter anyway, because he's short and ugly, the fact that he once bagged Janet Jackson notwithstanding, while others listed the names of female rappers who no one ever heard of who rap about things other than doing something strange for some change.
The fact that such a litany of non-stripper female rappers exists suggests to me that this isn't a supply issue; it's just, no one wants to hear that shit.
Women have fewer interesting things to say than men, because they don't have to be interesting to get people to like them, and sex work is probably the most interesting thing a woman can be involved in—unless there's any women involved in QAnon.
And why shouldn't female rappers perform in their underwear, if they've got decent bodies? Lauryn Hill was once a great rapper. Would she not have been even better with less clothes on? In 1998, mind you.
This is the rare occasion when I'm gonna have to agree with the SJW Internets mob. Women should be allowed to say and do anything they possibly can to get money, and JD's backwards views should remain in the 1990s, with the rest of his career.