We’ve made it, finally, to Meek Mill season. With his freedom and a new album, Championships, dropping Friday, November 30, Meek is ready to put on for Philadelphia once more. In a new interview with Power 106, the 31-year-old lobbed a weighty cosign to fellow Philly native and creative genius Tierra Whack, with one glaring issue.
“Tierra Whack, she like the next biggest thing coming out of Philadelphia,” Meek said, and rightfully so with Whack World inspiring everyone from Buddy to Vince Staples. “She very artistic. She from my neighborhood. I think she gon' be one of the biggest females in the music business, in a short period of time.”
Here’s the thing: Tierra Whack is incredible. This is no longer up for debate. The issue, however, is that Meek couldn’t praise Tierra without pointing out the fact she is a woman. Why must she be one of the biggest females in music, and not simply just a major force in the rap game? These inadvertently backhanded compliments perpetuate the notion that women are outsiders to rap, which is as untrue as can be.
Recall when Rapsody dropped her immaculate and tender Laila’s Wisdom, and fans got to calling her the “female Kendrick Lamar.” Rapsody is not the female Kendrick, nor the female anyone. She is Rapsody, a formidable MC with endless potential and affecting music. Tierra Whack is much of the same.
Kudos to Meek Mill for putting on for his city, but minus points for advancing gender stereotypes and putting Tierra in a box.