Trina’s new video for “My Bitches” is essentially chicken heads coming home to roost. Every hero needs theme music, even the ones that list “thunder booty clap” as their special power and this song is tailor made for the wonder women of the clear heel alliance. But that doesn’t make it good.
The latest clip from Trina’s fifth album “Amazin” is a paint-by-numbers gold digger rap that tries to masquerade as a female empowerment anthem. The SPiff TV directed vid features a parade of weaves and spandex through the streets of the 305 (just think “The Expendables” movie poster in slut-face) and the requisite booty pops.
I generally don’t have a problem with Trina or songs like this. They have a place and an audience obviously. (DJs in strip clubs need something to play cuz watching strippers acapella can’t be fun.) But in the wake of this Montana Fishburne debacle it’s making me feel more pensive than usual. Because a song/video like Trina’s will get more attention than say the Rah Digga video we put up a few weeks ago, young fans are getting a very one-sided view of the entertainment business. Young girls like Montana and Kat Stacks see this as not just one way to get noticed, but the ONLY way. There is no balance what so ever.
I’m not deluded enough to think that we didn’t have girl groups like HWA and BWP back in the day doing the same damn thing that Trina is doing right now. But at least there was a Latifah or an MC Lyte to provide a balance. There was a choice. Now this diamond crusted ass-shaking is all we get to see and it’s having a real impact. Regardless of how flawed her logic is Montana Fisburne is convinced that being a porn star/video girl is the best way to build a brand and make money.
Yes there are women who have some modicum of notoriety just because they had sex with a famous guy (I’ll be on TV One’s Life After commentating on Karrine Steffan’s next week) but these are the exception, not the rule. Brian Pumper isn’t Ray J or Ja Rule. I cringed just writing that.
I am not advocating censorship or that Trina choose to rap about politics (we all know that would sound awful.) I just want there to be parity in music. A little balance that has nothing to do with hanging from a brass pole.
But ya’ll don’t hear me though…