Grammy Award winner and producer Needlz defended female rappers while breaking down the broader issue of Jermaine Dupri‘s recent comments. Well, he didn’t necessarily defend female rappers. Needlz believes it was unfair to say female rappers are one dimensional and omit male rappers lack of diversity of topics. In his view, rappers, in general, are not addressing real-life issues anymore. Partly due to the fast pace and demands to make a hit single, many Hip-hop artists show little depth and emotions and less content. There was a time when it was necessary to shine a spotlight on gang life. Now, record labels use these issues as marketing tools. Needlz believes there is room to discuss a multitude of pressing issues. According to Needlz, “A gangster’s life is far more complex and fraught with a myriad of issues. These guys have families dealing with healthcare, depression, and even gentrification. Our young people are far more dynamic and deserve more creativity and thought.”
Needlz is no stranger to working with successful artists who have made their careers sharing life struggles on wax. Needlz has worked with everyone from 50 Cent, Bruno Mars and PnB Rock. Needlz won his Grammy for his work on Cardi B’s album Invasion Privacy. So, Needlz is well qualified to speak on the topic.
That said, in my humble opinion [not Needlz’], an argument can be made that female rapper are far more dynamic than their male counterparts. After all, it’s a hot girl Summer.
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