Girl Rappers Tell Lil Wayne to Stop Hating on Women (VIDEO)

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Watoto from the Nile Lil Wayne
Watoto from the Nile
And the Inspiring Girls Award of the week goes to ... sisters Nia (10), Nya (9), and Kamaria (5), who go by the group name of Watoto from the Nile. These young Baltimore rappers just TOLD rapper Lil Wayne they are not having it with the woman hate in his songs. The trio uploaded their beautiful message to Lil Wayne, a song titled "Open Letter," to YouTube.

Sure, Lil Wayne can sing about whatever the heck he likes and call women all the awful names he can muster. But bravo to these young girls for letting him know they hear what he’s saying about women, and they don’t like it.

When older women and even young 20- and 30-somethings criticize rappers for misogynist song lyrics, I think the rap stars (and singers in many genres) probably tend to brush it off pretty easily. The older women, they think, are just prudish, and the younger women just whiny and mad. However, when sweet young girls, 10 and under, call you out on your woman hate, you kind of have to stop and listen, don't you?

I mean these are pure, impressionistic minds who could easily succumb to the popularity of rap music, warts and all. And yet these young girls are saying that the derogatory words you're using to describe my gender -- which includes my mom, my grandma, my aunts, and soon ME and my sisters, and later, my daughters, and many other women we respect -- are wrong and disrespectful. And they're singing this message on the Internet -- also making sure to remind Lil Wayne he has his own daughter to think about when he degrades women in his songs.

I love these brave, smart little mini feminists!

Here are some lovely bits from the song:

- I’m a girl that’s only 10, but for my sisters, I must represent.

- I guess that means that you're a man. But something I can't understand. The way you talk. The way you act. I hate when you be doing that.

- You lack the knowledge, information, inspiration, and you're single ... and then you start cursing ... This song is disturbing. Please, Mr. Wayne, can you stop all the hurting?

- Peace, I'm one year and the age of nine. And I'm divine. Got my life's purpose. To my people I devote my service. My daddy tell 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. And don't you think it's kinda mean? To disrespect a royal queen? We come from greatness, we come from love.

Wow, they're amazing. If only young girls everywhere were expressing and believing such empowering things.

WATCH and LISTEN to their video message to Lil Wayne:

How cute are these little girls -- and how rad is their message?

 

Image via YouTube

 

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ArmyW... ArmyWifeAshlie

Yeah...I think they're overreacting. I don't like his lyrics all the time, but I am a fan personally. In fact I see him in concert in 2 weeks. All rappers say degrading things, and if they want to single him out, they have a right to do so, but they should also call out others.

kaylaird kaylaird

I don't even really like Lil Wayne, and some of his lyrics are downright disgusting. But we all have to answer for what we do one day. Like the little girls so intelligently said according to you, he is speaking about his own female family members as well. I can't see how someone can willingly do that. Surely he can't mean everything he raps about? We can only HOPE he only says those things for the money it brings in, unfortunately. I can't imagine someone being proud about such nasty language.

Kris Gamble

ArmyWifeAshlie, I went to the video on youtube, they are speaking out specifically against the degredation of black women in rap music, I really don't think you can say they are overreacting. You are entitled to your opinion on his music (I like some of his songs as well) but don't belittle their message because of your own discomfort. (at least, I am assuming discomfort might have had something to do with it because you are a fan.) Their song is beautiful and heartfelt. They want to target Lil' Wayne, maybe because he has a daughter near their age, that was a personal choice they made.

ArmyW... ArmyWifeAshlie

I wasn't able to watch the video from my phone. I get that a lot of the music is degrading, I think it's good they're taking a stand against something important to them. I just tend to overlook the bad things he does say because they are just words. I wouldn't let my 10 year old listen to little Wayne, certainly not unedited. I just don't understand why after all the years of degrading hip hop lyrics people are finally addressing it. I've just ignored it. That's what he does to make money.

nonmember avatar C

Yes, children are impressionable. That is why it is up to parents to monitor and raise their childen the way they see fit. I listened to Tupac, Jay-Z, Nas, Biggie, and other rappers who could be just as misogynistic as Wayne. However, I did not internilize the message due to the values instilled in me by my parents. I learned how to enjoy the lyrics without adopting the message due to this upbringing. In my opinion, parents are just becoming lazy. When the child succeeds, they want to recieve credit. If the child fails, they want to place the blame on society.

ksbon... ksbondgirl

He's got issues.  That's why he's called "Lil' Wayne"--get it?

nonmember avatar bj

i LOVE THESE KIDS!!!! AND I'M ONLY 13 I HATE LIL WAYNE!!! EVERYTHING THEY SAID IS SOOOOO TRUE!!!
AS KIDS HE SEND US MIXED MESSAGES!! I LOVE THEM FOR MAKIN THIS!!

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bj

Mamab... MamabearC

These girls are remarkable and I commend them for calling him out in a peaceful way and trying to change the world to make it a better place, most adults don't even do that.If I were their mother, I would certainly be proud! KUDOS,girls!

nmmama09 nmmama09

So I guess since rappers have been calling women these names for years, it's OK...and this isn't the first time this has been brought up. Like the story says, whenever it has been brought up, it is dismissed just as quick by saying the angry women are bitter, or "hatin."  It's true, women are free to be a fan of music with degrading lyrics, just like others are free to speak out against it without being told they are overreacting.

4meye... 4meyerkidsmommy

I think, that by addressing lil Wayne specificaly, not only are they asking him to reconsider his lyrics, but also hoping for him to take a stand with them. Rap is Rap and a portion of it has always been degrading...just like Heavy Metal can be. I don't think the point in their music is to "hate" on Lil Wayne, but to express a much bigger cause through him. He should be honored to be singled out by these little girls.

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