“Male Rapper” List Spoofs Industry Sexism


From his boy-next-door looks, you sure wouldn’t peg Eminem as superstar material. But put a beat behind him, and he turns from a feisty-cute Detroit blonde into a raging microphone demon. His autobiographical film 8 Mile is a riveting account of coming up as a male rapper in the inner city.

For the Village Voice, David Thorpe lists “The 10 Best Male Rappers of All Time.”

Twitter responses include an assertion that the “article is just perfect — and the author’s easy on the eyes too!” and an expression of doubt that “a male rapper’s voice will ever sound right on a track. just too low to have any presence.”

Perhaps one day mainstream music will recognize the importance of him-hop.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →