“The concert of a lifetime.” “An incomparable duo.” “A match made in heaven.” “The greatest have united.” The hype surrounding the Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne album and concert has been insurmountable. The excitement I have for this concert is comparable to the excitement I have for my college graduation, which is shocking seeing that I’ve been waiting for this moment for four years!
As I stare at my Ticketmaster confirmation email, I can’t help to think, “Damn, is this something that I can see happening between female rappers?”
Think about it, who are the top female rappers in the game right now? The most talked about are definitely Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Kim, but could you ever see them working together? Probably not.
If women of the hip-hop game took the time to mentor one another instead of knock each other down, the rap game might not be so male dominated today. Even outside of rap, if all the top women of R & B unite for a blow out concert, could you imagine how successful that would be? Why has it not happened yet?
There is no question that female collaborations have proven successful. Remember the top-charting Lady Marmalade and Ladies’ Night?
It is amazing to see that Jay-Z and Kanye West have learned from the missed opportunities of a Biggie and Tupac album collaboration, or even the album that could have taken place between Jay-Z and Nas about 10 years ago.
While women are beefing, Jay-Z and Kanye, two men with clearly the biggest egos in the rap game are laughing all the way to the bank right now.
Based on the success of the Watch the Throne before the album was released, they have shown that the real money comes from working together.
It is apparent that hip-hop of 2011 lacks a diverse female point of view and I am sure this is not due to a lack of talent out there. As hard as it is to say, we need to take a page from the men and realize success lies within collaboration, not just competition.