Double Penetration: Women in the Entertainment Industry

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festjournal3About two weeks ago, someone on Twitter asked me which female rappers did I like, which I found to be a fascinating question. I couldn’t name any off the top of my head. I had to scroll through a list of women throughout rap’s history from 1989 until now just to come up with a list of seven strong. “Only seven?” Yes. The talented seven. I won’t name them here because that will only cause a bigger debate. What I will say is this question brought me to a larger thought about women in the entertainment industry period. If you are a young lady planning on diving into the field of modeling, acting, singing, or rapping, BEWARE! In my experience, most roads of fame and fortune for women starting from the bottom lead to a more perverted and twisted bottom

The entertainment industry is controlled by two types of men: catty jealous gay men and money hungry sexual predators. If, like the women in the Flavor of Love Type Reality Shows, you are willing to be used up physically, spiritually and mentally and still be able to let your talent shine through, then maybe, just maybe, you have a chance. In my travels I have noticed that a lot of famous R & B singers that you see on TV and hear on the radio, are either fucking their managers, their lawyers, their producers or the rapper that put them on. Point being, somebody had to get fucked. Oh, right before they got fucked in their contracts. Not to say that most men don’t get fucked in their contracts as well. It’s just that most women receive the double penetration. Also, I’m not saying that some women don’t go in knowing full well what to expect and accepting those terms of agreement before embarking on their shallow quest.

I encourage most young ladies to continue making the number of women in universities outnumber men. Become doctors, lawyers, engineers and CEOs. Just because you’re cute doesn’t mean you have to model. Just because you have a voice, doesn’t mean BET can’t live without you. Just because you can dance, doesn’t mean you have to be a video vixen. All of us, from the worst gangster rapper to the most conscious rapper, including myself, are guilty of the exploitation of women in this industry. I was on set during a casting of a music video, and saw women brought in, put in a line and sized up verbally in front of everyone. “Naw, her ass ain’t big enough, number seven you can leave.” “Her titties ain’t right, number five you can leave.” “She’s not pretty enough, number three you can leave.” All of these women were beautiful to me, but damn, some girl was driving home, thinking, “my ass wasn’t big enough, my titties weren’t right and I’m not pretty.” In my “Brand New” Video with Kanye, I specifically requested a dark skinned beautiful woman by the name of Bria Myles: http://www.briamyles.com/. I am proud to say I did not try to sleep with her. Also, one of my good friends is a porn star actress by the name of Sinnamon Love: http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewAlbums&friendID=162236. I am proud to say that I never tried to sleep with her either. But I do have tremendous respect for her, because at least she’s not in denial about what she does or her motives for doing it. Before I give the impression that the industry is all doom and gloom, I will say that there are a few glimmers of hope that should continue to inspire young women of talent and integrity everywhere. When I met and spent time with Queen Latifah, it was one of the greatest moments of my life. She noticed me in the audience from an onstage interview she was giving for BET. She stopped in the middle of the interview and said “Hey Rhymefest.” No later than 24 hours, we were in the studio together. During our studio session, I asked her one important question, “In life do you feel like you’ve made it. Are you happy?” She turned and looked at me with a pause before she said, “I have the same family issues that everyone has, but other than that I live my life clean and fulfilled everyday. I work hard and party hard. I don’t let people take advantage of me and I keep good lifelong friends around me. Yes, I am very happy.” I love her. I leave you with this, “Goin’ In” from my upcoming project The Manual.

Rhymefest Ft. Queen Latifah – ‘Goin In’ (Produced by Dub Sanata)
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Filed in: Commentary, Music • Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

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I fucked every women in the entertainment industry.

 

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Che Smith is a revolutionary artist, writer, and activist. Popularly known as Rhymefest, the South Side Chicago native has been a trailblazer in music, television, and politics.