Fetty Wap has multiple anthems about putting his lady on a pedestal, including a song about spending QT with his trap queen while cooking crack. But is he a feminist?
MC Lyte says yes. It’s weird, but not totally far off—and definitely up for debate. At the White House Council’s Women & Girls summit on Friday, Lyte participated in a panel called Hip-Hop: Women’s Vulnerability and Voices. When asked whether it’s possible to be a “hip-hop feminist” (of course it is), MC Lyte referenced Fetty Wap and said:
“He may have a very unique way of presenting his ideas, but he does love women. For what he’s up against in this climate with all of the other emcees, he’s taking a stand. He’s being pretty courageous right now with what it is that he presents in his music, because it’s really not the norm...You win the challenge when you’re able to get your message across without degrading your sister, or your woman or your mother.”
Simply loving women isn’t the totality of feminism, of course, but others have half-jokingly labeled Fetty Wap a feminist because of the ride-or-die nature of his trap songs, typically dedicated to one woman in particular.
Whatever the other grimy circumstances in his songs may be, his biggest songs are all pro-bae: “Trap Queen,” “Again” and “My Way,” in which he threatens any dude who tries to disrespect his woman. It’s not hard to imagine him crooning Joe’s “All the Things Your Man Won’t Do” at home.
The next logical step is for Fetty to make an anthem advocating equal pay, which I wouldn’t put past him. Watch Lyte big him up (and talk Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole) in the clip below.
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