Bay area rapper and icon Lil B recently voiced his concern on Twitter that mainstream media has influenced him to view white women more favorably than women of other races. This is a reality that rappers are immersed in but rarely acknowledge–that European standards of beauty hold weight even in a music culture originated by people of color.
As writer Shaka Shaw expressed in last year’s Ebony article “Hip-hop’s Other White Girl Problem“,
“…when there is an obvious preference for light women, whites or “others” by Black rappers and it is reflected in many of the visuals we associate in the modern day with hip-hop, we have to think of what message that sends to our young women.”
Just in recent memory, the hip-hop world exalted the looks of women like Iggy Azalea and Miley Cyrus who (let’s be real) ain’t beauty queens compared to leading Black female artists making similar styles of music. Could the Based God’s comments inspire more critique among rappers of the lie that whiteness = beauty?