Jill Scott Reflects On The Current State Of Rap And Its Depiction Of Women

July 9, 2014  |  

During the 2006 Essence Festival in New Orleans Jill Scott spoke out about how women of color are portrayed in rap lyrics and their accompanying music videos, calling the content “dirty, inappropriate, inadequate, unhealthy, and polluted” as she told the audience in the superdome they needed to “demand more.” Eight years later, we caught up with Jilly from Philly during the 20th annual Essence Fest to ask her whether she feels any progress has been made on that front or if her words still ring true today. Check out the video above as Jill Scott reflects on the current state of rap and its depiction of women. Do you agree?

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  • dom

    And jill scott can s8ck a d8ck! We r the only group of people to publicly tear us down as a group

  • Shae’

    Wrong…KRS,explained it the best. Rap,is something you do. Hip hop is what you are. There are levels to this rap game. The MC,Lyricist, and the Star, hip hop is a culture that’s music is rap.

  • Vandellish

    I see a trend when speaking about young black males whether you’re talking about rap & hip hop (not the same thing), pro and college sports, Hollywood, etc… and that’s a tendency to focus on the negative.
    People have bought into the BS that we need to direct all of our energy at what’s wrong with MCs in rap and hip hop when there are plenty of skilled/conscious (I hesitate to use the word positive because skilled/conscious is a more precise term) rappers out there still doing work. These rappers go largely unnoticed because everyone’s so busy talking about the BS rappers and songs out there.
    Check out these cats:
    Skyzoo & Torae, Blu, El-P and Killa Mike, Chuuwee, Roots, Freddie Gibbs, Kweli, Phonte, Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price, Oddisee, Roc Marciano, REKS, Termanology, Guilty Simpson, Black Milk, Isiah the 3rd.
    It’s time to start promoting REAL skill, originality and artistry again in hip hop and rap music as opposed to only pointing out what’s trash all the time.

    • Lost Soul

      What’s the difference between hip hop and rap?

      • f

        Listen to Black Milk vs Meek Mill or Phonte vs Drake then you will have your answer.

        • Marie Bano

          There is still good hip hop but sadly the charts , the record companies and the media wants to push the rubbish and the negative. I think modern hip hop will in years to come be part of the reason why some black people have lost their way and pride.

      • Vandellish

        Hip Hop Music = Art for Art’s sake
        Rap Music = Art for $’s sake

        In essence, hip hop, TRUE hip hop, is rap without corporate responsibility. Yes there are rap records that have some hip hop elements in them as well as true hip hop records (Kendrick Lamar) that make $ so it’s a grey area but it’s mostly about the artist’s approach to the record.

        • Lost Soul

          Thanks for explaining that.

    • dom

      Thank you for that, the PEOPLE push this type of music to the top of the charts and the women are just as guilty for relentlessly supporting it.

  • guest1

    Crap music is Hate music against Black Women.