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New York: LIKWUID

July 28th, 2008 · 5 Comments


Likwuid: 26, born and raised in Columbia, SC, hip hop artist (her music linked here), personal trainer, learning how to DJ, has her own company, Royalty Media Group, which works on changing how women are viewed in hip hop.

“There are numerous women that are making great music. But if you let the industry tell it, they say, ‘Oh, women don’t sell, women artists are too hard to work with, you gotta do their fashion, their budgets.’ I’m like, ‘Please, you got men walking around with blue chinchilla coats.’ The excuses that come up with women, they just don’t add up. The problem really is that hip hop is so focused on objectifying women that they can’t even step out and take an objective look at the situation. These women aren’t selling because you’re creating the same Barbie over and over again. When we had Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, it was balanced, it was beautiful, they had their individual style. Now they’re taking women out of the picture and people are saying hip hop is dead. Of course it’s dead! How you gonna have life with only one gender?”

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Zanade // Oct 3, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Great post. I know what your saying… These men artist are JUST as high fashion if not MORE than female artist. They too wear make-up and furs so what’s the deal? Kudos

    Zanade

  • 2 Tristan // Dec 22, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    It’s nice to see someone from Columbia with a wonderful mind. It’s encouraging to know there are more of us out there.

  • 3 Solomon Jazz // Nov 1, 2009 at 3:03 am

    “Now they’re taking women out of the picture and people are saying hip hop is dead. Of course it’s dead! How you gonna have life with only one gender?”

    -applause-

    Well said!!!!

  • 4 Kalaeallday // Nov 2, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Word, Likwuid is a positive and exuberant woman with her head on straight and there are many more diamonds like her to be found out here in the rough.. Keep preachin sis!

    KALAE

  • 5 Likwuid // Nov 4, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Thanks so much Solomon and Kalae, I really appreciate that encouragement.

    Zanade and Tristan, thanks as well. :)

    I also really appreciate what Nona and Emma put together. This book is NEEDED!!!! Today girls and women are constantly having our voices silenced and taken away. But avenues such as Girl Drive provide a lane for women to honestly and accurately express ourselves.

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