The rapper “2 Chainz” is taking criticism from FAAN (Fostering Activism and Alternatives Now) Mail, a media literacy and activism project that was formed by African American women in the Philadelphia area. After viewing the music video for the song entitled “Birthday Song” featuring Chicago native rapper, Kanye West, these women of color became distraught and decided to write an open letter to the Universal Music Group, the largest music corporation and owner of the “Birthday Song”.
On the FAAN Mail website, the open letter was published protesting the “Birthday Song”, demanding that Chief Executive Officer Lucien Grainge of Universal Music Group take action and become a part of the solution to the issue of women being exploited in music. In this letter, FAAN elaborates on how the way women were objectified in this short music video and how this trend in music isn’t acceptable. Almost immediately, the dialogue that FAAN began regarding the “Birthday Song” music video became popular among many African American scholars and other activist groups, bringing to relevance once again the issue of Hip-hop’s portrayal of women.In a article on the soultrain website, Antonio Maurice Daniels, Research Associate and Ph.D. student in Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discusses the “Birthday Song”, conveying the broader dialogue among activist groups and scholars regarding the Objectification of Women in the music industry.
Below you can find the links to all of the media that I discussed within this post.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y34jC4I1m70 (2 Chainz’s “Birthday Song” music video)
http://soultrain.com/2013/01/08/2-chainzs-birthday-song-and-the-objectification-of-women/ (Antonio Maurice Daniel’s full article on soultrain.com)
http://faanmail.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/for-ceo-lucien-grainge/ (FAAN Mail’s open letter to Lucien Grainge of UMG)
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