The stench known as inequality has been circulating for a long time. It’s a smell that’s been lingering amongst the generations of men and women, and inevitably growing stronger and stronger as men reap the most benefits. Overlooking the obvious anatomy that sets us a part, men and women are seen as different. As children, men are typically taught to suck it up and be aggressive. While women on the other hand, are typically raised to favor emotion, and to never get our frilly dresses dirty. I’m no expert, but I believe that because of this upbringing, it’s become easy to treat the latter as inferior. When in fact, men and women can be equally capable of the same things.
Not to discredit any man’s plight, but recently there has been an alarming amount of cases where women have been the target of some of the most heinous crimes. Whether it be in or outside of the workplace, more and more women are hiking up their dresses to challenge the stereotypical roles, and treatment they receive. No more unequal pay, no more inappropriate workplace behavior, and no more roles of dependency are just a few of the things women have clearly had enough of. We are living in an era when demanding equal rights and unleashing that inner boss attitude is becoming nothing less than expected.
There have been marches, hashtags, and community groups started all in support of this. Some of them being spare headed by the most influential people to date. And though at times it may seem like the message isn’t being heard, and that stench is just as pungent as before, it’s working. You may not see it yet, but the tides are turning. And like clockwork, we can always count on an ol’ faithful to arrive just in time to drive it home.
Most recently, Drake released his newest single “Nice for What,” and the female audience is shouting “girl power!” His new song, like all the rest, seems to capture the feelings of the masses. If you listen to it, you’ll immediately feel empowered, and ready to check the nearest person who doubts your ability. From lyrics like, “I’ve been peeping what you bringing to the table. Workin hard, girl, everything paid for. First-last, phone bill, car note, cable. With your phone out, gotta hit them angles. With your phone out snapping like you Fabo,” to lyrics that say, “ I understand you got a hunnid bands. You got a baby Benz, you got some bad friends. High school pics, You was even bad then. You ain’t stressin off no lover in the past tense,” Drake taps into hearts of his female fan base. It was hard to find a single girl not really feeling what Drake had to say. Instagram stories instantly came to life with female users blasting the song in their backgrounds as stamps of approvals. There wasn’t a shred of disrespect or indifference to be found in the song’s lyrics. Straight “go on girl, wit ya bad self,” vibes if you ask me.
And to nudge the women’s inner sleeping giant even more, Drake’s visuals for the song were just as positive. The video featured women from different backgrounds, that are all currently serving as inspiration to the young and older crowds following them. In order of the credits, we see Olivia Wilde, Misty Copeland, Issa Rae, Rashida Jones, Jourdan Dunn, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tiffany Haddish, Yara Shahid, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth Lejonhjarta, Victoria Lejonhjarta, Letitia Wright, Bria Vinaite,Emma Roberts, Syd, and Michelle Rodriguez, all without a single hair out of place. There was literally something for everyone in that video, and the women looked amazingly powerful. Shoot, it would be no surprise if men felt a little threatened.
With some male artist releasing music that doesn’t exactly paint the best image of women, it’s nice to see the table turned a bit. Just in time for the summer, Drake is probably going to release more fire that might leave some guys feeling betrayed by their own kind. The feedback on Twitter alone is enough to understand the impact Drake is having on both women and men. With some people being in favor of ”Nice for What,” and some taking it as nothing more than a joke, it’ll be interesting to see the final impact it has.
Just days after Cardi B released her album, another project packed with women anthems, Drake is definitely helping play women’s advocate right now. In one verse he says, “ that’s a real one in your reflection,” which basically means whoever is looking in the mirror is seeing greatness reflected. And who spends more time in the mirror...men or women?
If you don’t believe it, just watch it for yourself. Here’s a link to “Nice for What.”