Posted by Newson 05/14/2012 at 3:16 PM
It gets no old-schooler than Russell Simmons when it comes to hip-hop, but apparently when it comes to gender politics, the man is impressively progressive. With Rihanna getting shit from the music world for her “self-destructive” lifestyle—and perhaps a specific call-out from ex Chris Brown about her getting “had” by “every industry nigga—Uncle Rush has stepped in to drop some truth in defense of his Good Girl Gone Bad. He writes for Global Grind, in a to-the-point post entitled “Get Off Rihanna’s Dick”:
There have been a lot of artists recently talking about “good girl gone bad,” Rihanna. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t see why everyone has their panties up in a bunch. It’s just that she is out there allegedly fuckin’ the rockstars of her dreams and you out there fuckin’ groupies. You can’t be mad that she was seen walking out of Ashton Kutcher’s house late one night, cause you know if you were seen walking out of Adriana Lima’s house late one night, you would be in the studio the next day rapping about it. I mean, you all got like 50 girls in your videos drooling over you and you dissing Rihanna? I can’t blame a girl for being independent, having fun and living her life the way she wants to. I am certainly not condoning indiscriminate sex, but don’t get mad cause the girl…
Remember, I was a manager once and I have seen these types of young men on the road. I was with Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Whoodini and saw all of the girls after the show line up outside the dressing rooms. I mean, Whoodini even wrote a song about, “I Am A Hoe” and went on to rap, “I rock three different girls after every show.” So, I know how this shit works. You all got 10 times as many girls as Rihanna has men, and you know that. I love you guys, and this certainly ain’t a diss, but I gotta keep it real.
Amen, Russ. The gender double-standarding going on here is a little appalling, and needless to say, Chris Brown is certainly not one to judge—in any area, really, and in this one in particular. It is sort of hilarious to think about girls lining up outside Public Enemy’s dressing rooms, however. Would they have to put up with a half-hour-long sermon from Chuck D about the misrepresentation of black youths on Miami Vice before they could get to the necking and what have you?
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