Lil Wayne: Feminist or Misogynist?
Lil Wayne has emerged as an interesting figure for feminist critique. As a rapper, Wayne peppers his lyrics with "pussy" and "no homo." As a public figure, he has reluctantly helped to raise awareness about sexual assault against males and growing up with an absent father. And Wayne's lyrics, as misogynist as they are, are also playful enough to usher in a few rare feminist hints. Let's play the Weezy lyrics game: feminist or misogynist?
First up: "A Milli," a track off Tha Carter III:
Relevant Lyrics: "The Bible told us every girl was sour / Don't play in her garden and don't smell her flower / Call me Mr. Carter or Mr. Lawnmower"
Feminist: Weezy's lawnmower is here to destroy all those antiquated ideas about female sexuality.
Misogynist: A man's lawnmower chopping up a woman's flower is not exactly the most sex-positive imagery.
"Mrs. Officer," a song about a sexy cop.
Relevant Lyrics: "Doin a buck in the latest drop/ I got stopped by a lady cop/ She got me thinking I can date a cop/ Cause her uniform pants are so tight . . . And I know she the law, and she know I'm the boss / And she know I can hide above the law / And she know I'm raw, she know it from the street / And all she want me to do is fuck the police."
Feminist: He's attracted to women in positions of power!
Misogynist: . . . as long as their pants are tight, and he can neutralize their authority by pulling out his wang.
"We Like Her," a song about wanting to fuck every girl in the world. Every single one!
Relevant Lyrics: "Open up her legs then filet mignon that pussy / I'm a get in and on that pussy / If she let me in I'm a own that pussy / Go'n throw it back and bust it open like you 'posed to / Girl I got that dope dick / Now come here let me dope you / You gon' be a dope fiend / Your friends should call you dopey"
Feminist: Every woman is beautiful.
Misogynist: Just beautiful enough for Wayne to declare ownership of her genitals and describe their courtship in sexual assault terms.
"Lollipop," a song about oral sex.
Relevant Lyrics: "I get her on top / She drop it like it's hot / And when I'm at the bottom / She Hilary Rodham."
Feminist: He just name-checked Hilary Rodham. In a positive way! And without the Clinton, even!
Misogynist: I'm not sure that riding Weezy is exactly the type of women's liberation Hil is working for.
"Prostitute Flange," a song about not caring if your lady previously turned tricks.
Relevant Lyrics: I wouldn't care if you were prostitutin' / That you hit every man that you ever knew / See it wouldn't make a difference / If that was way before me and you girl.
Feminist: An anti-slut-shaming anthem: Her sexual history is not an issue, even if she had sex with every man she has ever met. That's pretty progressive!
Misogynist: Well, the history is unimportant as long as it's ancient—"way before me and you"—and as long as she's now only his forever: "Three letters: I do."
"Project Bitch," a track from Lil Wayne's Hot Boys days.
Relevant Lyrics: Wayne's contribution to this track is devoted to the ladies who " be puttin' they mouth on it / and they suck everything out of it / and they catch it and swallow it. . . . When I come through in a Rolls Royce / I leave them with no choice / but to hop up in it an just let me make they throat moist."