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UK Duo Rizzle Kicks Denounces Homophobia, Misogyny in Hip-Hop


British hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks speak out against homophobia and misogyny in an interview with the BBC.

Says Jordan Stephens:

"I can't listen to hip-hop at the moment. I really struggle. The stuff I'm hearing in the mainstream... it's overly-misogynistic and it's still homophobic. It does my head in...turns of phrases take a while to die out...but when it's vicious, I don't understand why you'd bother. Think of something more inventive to say. It's a cultural thing that needs to piss off, basically."

He adds: "I think it's even worse for women. I had an ex-girlfriend who was seriously up on her hip-hop, and I played her this song Clique with Jay-Z, Kanye and Big Sean. The first lyric is 'I tell a bad bitch do whatever I say'. And she just turned around and said, 'what's that?' I don't think we know any women - smart women, who you'd want to be friends with, that would proclaim themselves as a bad bitch. If anything, the only women I've seen saying 'bad bitch' seem pretty insecure."

Watch the lyric video for Rizzle Kicks "Skip to the Good Bit" which samples a very familiar track, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Jay-Z hates his own daughter - Blue-Ivy Carter - for using such lyrics.

    Eminem is a pathetic middle-aged hasbeen who thinks his homophobic lyrics make him relevant.

    They don't - they reveal him to be a sad, pathetic loser of a human being who is also a bad parent to his daughter Hailey.

    Posted by: MaryM | Nov 5, 2013 10:52:19 AM

  2. I fell in love with Rizzle Kicks when I heard their first album, "Stereo Typical". Now after reading this, I love them even more! Social consciousness aside, I highly recommend both their albums. Their music is fun!

    Posted by: Kyle | Nov 5, 2013 12:37:39 PM

  3. When rap started to be popular, or at least when news about rap went abroad, everybody talked about urban poetry, and lyrics denouncing the problems of living in a big city, but frankly most mainstream rap is a poor collection of bad lyrics, with tons of violence, homophobia and furthermore misoginy.
    Even clean cut artist (not properly rappers) like Trey songz have that kind of lyrics when he has rappers as featured artists, and he is not an exception but the norm

    Posted by: jjose712 | Nov 5, 2013 1:36:32 PM

  4. Ha...they used EMFs song unbelievable for this.

    Posted by: zeddy | Nov 5, 2013 5:18:47 PM

  5. this reminds of this insightful article i read http://whiteyonthemoon.net/2013/11/17/reconciling-homophobia-and-homoeroticism-in-hip-hop/

    Posted by: matira | Nov 18, 2013 9:23:54 AM

  6. Jay Z is a misogynist and big Obama supporter.

    Posted by: sam | Jan 18, 2014 9:12:24 PM

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