Country music has just as rich of a history as any genre, and it’s taken many forms over the years. Unfortunately, the version that hit the mainstream radio over the past couple of decades or so has given it a less than stellar reputation amongst fans of pretty much any other genre. A lot of people now associate Country Music with those who sing that we’ll “put a boot in your ass, because that’s the American way.” It may be true to a certain extent- mostly because the powers that be in the Country Music Industry want it to be that way. For proof of this, look no further than the drama surrounding “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X.
Destiny Frasqueri, better known as Princess Nokia, is not your typical “rapper”, in fact, I’d rather not restrict her to such a narrow label. With two releases in 2018, one an ambitious new project and the other a re-issue of her first mixtape, she has shown her ability to not let labels define her and her art, making her one of the most interesting and promising musicians working.
It sounded like the perfect idea: four up-and-coming stars of the pop music industry collaborating: Rita Ora, Cardi B, Bebe Rexa and Charli XCX.On a song called “Girls”, with the lead up to the song’s premiere seeming to insinuate that some kind of feminist anthem was incoming.
Did @RitaOra make the 2018 official women's anthem!?
Books can be one of our greatest resources in learning about Feminist theory & history. Even focusing on music, this literature is often where we most hear about the history of women in music directly from the sources themselves. Using Goodreads, I’ve started a book group for our users to share, discuss and discover new books about music & feminism. Hopefully in the future, if we have enough members we can all read the same books simultaneously, and learn from each other as well!