Most of the industry leaders in rap are men. Of course there are female rappers such as Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj, but they seem to be in the Shadow of the dominant male hip-hop artists. Is it the nature of rap that causes this difference with its roots in gangs, violence, and drugs?
Personally, I believe that rap appeals more to males than it does females; looking at the gender ratio of our class exemplifies this. Is rap a predominantly male industry aimed for a male market? Much of the sexual references and demeaning language towards women in many rap songs would suggest this. Will rap always be a male dominated industry, or will artists such as Minaj open the door to more female hip-hop artists?