the roux

 
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Brooklyn White

Marie Antoine Carême, a French chef, once said roux is “as indispensable to cooks as ink to writers.” “The Roux” is a bi-weekly column by Brooklyn White that will touch on current events, retrospectives, fashion dives, interviews, and more.

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ECCENTRIC WOMEN HAVE MADE SOME OF THE BEST HIP-HOP MUSIC AND VIDEOS

When you’re not afraid to laugh, poke fun at yourself or try a look or sound that’s uncharted territory, you set yourself up to be called weird. But being weird isn’t bad. It’s what makes you, you. Rappers like Tierra Whack, Missy Elliott, and Rico Nasty are proof.

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RAP GROUPS COMPRISED OF WOMEN HELP PROGRESS BLACK FEMINIST THOUGHT

From Salt-N-Pepa to the City Girls, rap groups comprised of women have performed bops and have fostered solidarity amongst Black women.

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TEXAS WOMEN ARE RAPPING THEIR WAY INTO A BRIGHTER FUTURE

The timing is nearly divine, with Lil Nas X enjoying his fame as a musician with country and rap influences, the Kentucky Derby recently rapping up, Solange Knowles rolling out her ode to southern living with When I Get Home, and fans witnessing a meteoric rise of Black women from Texas who make fiery, honest rap music about their surroundings.

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25 YEARS OF LIL’ KIM

Lil’ Kim, the 4-foot-11-inch tall musician and model, is a force. She started out as the first lady of Junior Mafia in 1994, and over the span of her 25-year career has reinvented herself a healthy number of times. Her resume is long, reconfiguring the content women could present in Hip-Hop, setting new trends with her fashion, and remaining largely herself. Ever aware of her legacy as a fixture in rap music, one needs to look no further than Trina and The City Girls’ “fuck niggas, get money” or the style choices of Rihanna for affirmation. She is a legend who deserves it all and then some.

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MASK OFF

Masks in rap sit at the intersection of style and anonymity, which is ironic given the boastful and self-centric tendencies present in rap. Masks remind us of our humanity and collective consciousness, even though we are all individuals, when you take away our name and status, we are the same. Mask on, mask off.

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What Are We to Do with the Term "Female Rapper?”

When the phrase “females” is word drenched in disrespect, but “female rappers” provides a seemingly necessary differentiation, a question on the latter’s place in Hip-Hop’s lexicon demands a discussion.