Three weeks after Snoop Dogg and Iggy Azalea's Instagram feud, the veteran rapper basically performed an about-face during a radio interview when he acknowledged that female rappers don't get the respect they deserve. Unfortunately, that point has been further illustrated by a snippet from Eminem's new song "Vegas," in which he references raping Azalea. Eminem's no stranger to controversial lyrics, but this rape reference simply crosses the line. Furthermore, rape threats should never be viewed as an acceptable form of entertainment, which is exactly why Azalea's Twitter response to the rape lyric is absolutely spot-on and appropriate.
On "Vegas," Eminem raps, "So swallow my pride you’re lucky just to follow my ride/If I let you
run alongside the Humvee/Unless you’re Nicki, grab you by the wrist,
let’s ski/So what’s it gon’ be? Put that s*** away Iggy. You gon' blow
that rape whistle on me. Scream! I love it. ‘Fore I get lost
with the gettin’ off."
I'm not a proponent of anyone being attacked regardless of their gender, but it is rather perplexing why male musicians like Snoop and Eminem feel compelled to hurl such vicious and cruel threats and insults at the "Fancy" rapper. I won't disregard the fact that plenty of critics take issue with Azalea's adopted Southern accent and rap delivery, but that doesn't excuse Snoop mercilessly making fun of Azalea online, or these terrible, disturbing lyrics from "Vegas."
In response, Azalea tweeted:
While Azalea asserting herself on social media is effective, perhaps her statements could be made even more powerful if she put her musical platform to good and spoke out against misogyny in the industry, maybe in a song on her next album? That said, considering her popularity, anything she does gives the issue the level of attention it deserves, and that's a good thing.