For Girls Who Love Themselves Enough…
(Submitted by Guest Contributor Jamiilah King from Colorlines.com)
Rapper Lil Wayne has certainly had his fair share of critics, but probably none quite like this. Two girls, ages 9 and 10-year-old, recently took to YouTube to rap an official letter to Weezy about his disparaging lyrics about women. They’re going by the name Watoto From the Nile, and in a professionally produced video and song, both rap over the beat to Wayne’s song “I’m Single.”
And you know what? It’s good. Really good. “I’m a girl that’s only ten/But for my sisters I must represent,” the first girl raps. Then the nine-year-old takes her turn. “My daddy told me I’m a queen/But you call women other things/It makes me mad/I can’t pretend/Sir/Don’t call me out my name again.”
The girls’ YouTube channel explains more.
Letter to Lil Wayne is a direct statement of justice from Watoto From The Nile. Growing tired and fed up with the constant degradation of Black women inside of Hip Hop music, they voice thier views and opinions on this melodic track.
Wayne, who’s publicly fawned over his own 12-year-old daughter Reginae, has yet to respond. But I’d put my money on these two in a battle.
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