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America, Ass, and Bad: Music CONFESSIONS TUMBLRCOM IP-HOP HOORAY ee q eers of the music world celebrate their rise to the top of the charts -and ther newfound industry power By dames Patrick Herman. Photographed by Elig-FEs TUMBLR.COM s Lauryn Hills Grammy sweep last February proved, America is, offi. cially, a hip-hop nation. And after two decades under male leadership, women now rule. Just ask rap kingpin Sean "Puffy" Combs "Female MCs always had it so hard-no respect-it was like thcy was livin' in Siberia, he says. "But it made 'em strong. Now their shit's so hot, they dont needa mike to be heard." In fact, soon every one will be hearing the new albums from hip-hop queens Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah, Lil' Kim, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, and Da Brat, all friends as well as frequent collaborators. They're even making plans to take their act-The Bitch Tour-on the road with a funky twist on Lilith Fair, coming to a sold-out stadium near you. But dont call them divas (except perhaps for Ms. Blige, who cited personal drama at the last minute and was unable to attend the photo shoot). Mary J. Blige, 28. Claim to fame: The queen of hip-hop soul. There's something about Mary: "Hip-hop plays a big part in my music. I've always been sample-orient ed-Barry White, Isaac Hayes. The strcets is gonna be happy with my record. You'll cry to it, dance to it, fuck to it. I've done a lot of love songs. Most of'em are about how fucked up women are treated. It's good to know my music helps people. Im goin' through it, too-the same tears, the same black eye, the same stomachachc and I'm gonna get us through it. I'm at such a place now, such a peace, I cannot be knocked down. Im Mary the lone woman. Mmm-hmmm," What becomes a diva most: "Someone who got through tough times and paid dues, like Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin. Good God, those were war storics they had to tell. Men wanted to rule them and treat them like shit, and they got through it." The Mary Jane girls: "People expect us to be com- petitive, but I didn't give Lauryn Hill her career-that was somethin' she worked for. And she didn't give me my career. Why should I think about competition if she got somethin' she could contribute to my project? I cannot be jealous. It's wasted energy. Ijust did a duet with the Queen of Soul herself, Miss Aretha Franklin I keep quiet when the veterans are in the room-and honey, she is a veteran. When I came out of the booth, she said, 'That was very nice.' And then she went in Power players (from eft): Aaliyah, Lil Kim, Missy Misdemeanor" Ellot and Da Brat. Not pictured the booth and killed me. FOR CAADEY CURRY MANAGEMENT MAKEUP BY NONKA FOR TE CEBCRAHMARTIN AGENCY. MSSY VAR DyCH NA POTTER FOR a NAS 00LL HOUSE NY, MAKEUP UY CF0G FER ELL 8RAT l-Kim-CONFESSIONS TUMBLR.COM aliyah, 20. Claim to fame: The R&B Lolita is now filming Joel Silvers Romeo Must Die for Warner Bros. Ready for her close-up: I want people to look at me as a full-on entertainer, not just as a singer or a dancer. It's taking my career to another level and showing every side of me." Foxy lady: "My mom will say, 'There is some- thing about her that was always sexy.' My image isnt a put-on. When you listen to me and hear the smooth tones--that's what I'm givin' off. As a child, I didn't notice. Now Im in tune with it. It can definitely be a power, and I use it to my advantage." Fierce competition: "People try to bring negativity my way, especially with Brandy and Monica. If Im competing with anybody, I'm competing with myselfto be original." What becomes a diva most: "Oh, that word. The Websters definition is an opera singer who has a lot of range, but that's changed over time. Now a diva is a bitch. Were not all bitchy. Its just a myth thatš not goin' anywhere. If you're gonna describe somebody, call her a queen.I shows respect.Is royaly." issy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, 27. Claim to fame: record business is male-dominated, and when yo're not bein' The female Pufly" runs her own record label, taken as seriously as you should, you gotta go in there screamin the Gold Mind, Inc; she rapped for a Gap TV because they'll walk all over you. And the word can be positive: ad campaign. Talkin' bout a revolution: "Fe IfIbe like, 'Thats a baaad bitch,' you know that means dope. males are takin' over. We droppin' our albums We gotta stop thinkin of it as bein' negative, 'cause it's gonna at the same time to make that point clear, so when we do our be used regardless. Men call us that when they're intimidated. Bitch Tour itll be obvious. It took a strong female like Lauryn Female bonding: "Instcad of compcting, we help out and en to be successful and open doors. Now everybody else can fall in hance cach other. When I see another female artist, we always line." Bitch, bitch, bitch: "My first single's called Shes a Bitch.' show cach other love-we just so happy that we broke that bar- That doesn't have to be your everyday personality. But the rier down of us not ein' able to do as much as the men." lKimCONFESSIONS. TUMBLR.COM 0 Music a Brat, 25. Claim to fame: Runs her own record label, Thowin' Tantrums Entertainment; she is the first female rapper to have a platinum record. She's the one: "Before me, people didnt know how to market a female rap artist. I laid the path in the way Queen Latifah and MC Lyte did for me. But you need to grow in this industry. I want to produce, act, and direct -get my hands in every thing. I got an cye and an car for good talent." Birds of a feather: "My friends all stick together. There's only a handful of us women in the industry with labels-theres not enough of us to be bickerin'. We're like the dream team. Its all about unity, havin' a strong support system. Were mature adults and we know the value of friendship. Nothin' should come between two friends- friends are forever, men aint." To each her own: "I got the tomboy thing goini on, and I can still be sexy. Missy's futuristic you dont know what she's gonna do next. Kim is like the madam-diva type-raunchy and nasty. Shell shoot your ass. Mary's sultry and spiritual and soulful, the ghetto queen of R&B Aaliyahs funky, she represents the teenagers. Shell make you party with her. We all are supa dupa fresh, and we gotta hold hands and rock together." il' Kim, 24. Claim to fame: The girlfriend of the late Notus B.I.G. runs her own label, Queen Bee Records. She's come a long way, baby: "Im really proud of my CONFESSIONS TUMBLRICOM new album. My favorite lyrics 'A queen is not a queen because she has failed/ But a queen is a queen because failure has not stopped her..../ Women are taking over for the new millen nium.' Like Puffy said, we dont need a mike anymore. We bein' heard. Its our era." What becomes a diva most: People love to use the word diva. I like queen better. A queen knows it all but doesnt let you know it right off. She's good-spirited and righteous. She's the boss: "With Queen Bee, I call the shots. I want my label to be the female version of Bad Boy. Me and Puffy may be family, but at the end of the day, I'm gonna do what I have to do. I'm also working on Bad Girl Films- ever since I did Sheš AllThat, Miramax has been offering me lots of things." In the company of women: "Were all characters. Brats the southern street girl who needs to be wild. Aaliyah's the pretty-girl type, the sexy artist that's un- touchable. Missy's like a cartoon and you love to watch her, shes so cute. Mary, you love to watch for her rength. Mary's the girl you can identify with. And me, Im like a little Mary. Lauryn's getting what she deserves. Her success made me work harder. Now we all know a hip-hop woman can make it."O ki- CONFESSIONS TUMBLR COM thabeehive-deactivated20160215: lil’ kim, aaliyah, missy elliott, da brat photographed by elfie semotan for the august 1999 issue of elle magazine.
America, Ass, and Bad: Music
 CONFESSIONS
 TUMBLRCOM
 IP-HOP
 HOORAY
 ee q eers of the music world celebrate their rise to the
 top of the charts -and ther newfound industry power
 By dames Patrick Herman. Photographed by Elig-FEs
 TUMBLR.COM

 s Lauryn Hills Grammy sweep last
 February proved, America is, offi.
 cially, a hip-hop nation. And after
 two decades under male leadership,
 women now rule. Just ask rap
 kingpin Sean "Puffy" Combs
 "Female MCs always had it so
 hard-no respect-it was like thcy was livin' in Siberia,
 he says. "But it made 'em strong. Now their shit's so hot,
 they dont needa mike to be heard." In fact, soon every
 one will be hearing the new albums from hip-hop
 queens Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah, Lil' Kim, Missy
 "Misdemeanor" Elliott, and Da Brat, all friends as well
 as frequent collaborators. They're even making plans to
 take their act-The Bitch Tour-on the road with a
 funky twist on Lilith Fair, coming to a sold-out stadium
 near you. But dont call them divas (except perhaps for
 Ms. Blige, who cited personal drama at the last minute
 and was unable to attend the photo shoot).
 Mary J. Blige, 28. Claim to fame: The queen of hip-hop
 soul. There's something about Mary: "Hip-hop plays a
 big part in my music. I've always been sample-orient
 ed-Barry White, Isaac Hayes. The strcets is gonna be
 happy with my record. You'll cry to it, dance to it, fuck to
 it. I've done a lot of love songs. Most of'em are about
 how fucked up women are treated. It's good to know my
 music helps people. Im goin' through it, too-the same
 tears, the same black eye, the same stomachachc and
 I'm gonna get us through it. I'm at such a place now,
 such a peace, I cannot be knocked down. Im Mary the
 lone woman. Mmm-hmmm," What becomes a diva
 most: "Someone who got through tough times and paid
 dues, like Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin. Good God,
 those were war storics they had to tell. Men wanted to
 rule them and treat them like shit, and they got through
 it." The Mary Jane girls: "People expect us to be com-
 petitive, but I didn't give Lauryn Hill her career-that
 was somethin' she worked for. And she didn't give me
 my career. Why should I think about competition if
 she got somethin' she could contribute to my project?
 I cannot be jealous. It's wasted energy. Ijust did a duet
 with the Queen of Soul herself, Miss Aretha Franklin
 I keep quiet when the veterans are in the room-and
 honey, she is a veteran. When I came out of the booth,
 she said, 'That was very nice.' And then she went in
 Power players (from
 eft): Aaliyah, Lil Kim, Missy
 Misdemeanor" Ellot
 and Da Brat. Not pictured
 the booth and killed me.
 FOR CAADEY CURRY MANAGEMENT MAKEUP BY NONKA FOR TE CEBCRAHMARTIN AGENCY.
 MSSY VAR DyCH NA POTTER FOR a NAS 00LL HOUSE NY, MAKEUP UY CF0G FER ELL 8RAT
 l-Kim-CONFESSIONS
 TUMBLR.COM

 aliyah, 20. Claim to fame: The R&B Lolita is now filming Joel
 Silvers Romeo Must Die for Warner Bros. Ready for her close-up:
 I want people to look at me as a full-on entertainer, not just as a
 singer or a dancer. It's taking my career to another level and
 showing every side of me." Foxy lady: "My mom will say, 'There is some-
 thing about her that was always sexy.' My image isnt a put-on. When
 you listen to me and hear the smooth tones--that's what I'm givin' off.
 As a child, I didn't notice. Now Im in tune with it. It can definitely be
 a power, and I use it to my advantage." Fierce competition: "People
 try to bring negativity my way, especially with Brandy and
 Monica. If Im competing with anybody, I'm competing with
 myselfto be original." What becomes a diva most: "Oh,
 that word. The Websters definition is an opera singer who
 has a lot of range, but that's changed over time. Now a
 diva is a bitch. Were not all bitchy. Its just a myth thatš
 not goin' anywhere. If you're gonna describe somebody,
 call her a queen.I shows
 respect.Is royaly."
 issy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, 27. Claim to fame: record business is male-dominated, and when yo're not bein'
 The female Pufly" runs her own record label, taken as seriously as you should, you gotta go in there screamin
 the Gold Mind, Inc; she rapped for a Gap TV because they'll walk all over you. And the word can be positive:
 ad campaign. Talkin' bout a revolution: "Fe IfIbe like, 'Thats a baaad bitch,' you know that means dope.
 males are takin' over. We droppin' our albums We gotta stop thinkin of it as bein' negative, 'cause it's gonna
 at the same time to make that point clear, so when we do our be used regardless. Men call us that when they're intimidated.
 Bitch Tour itll be obvious. It took a strong female like Lauryn Female bonding: "Instcad of compcting, we help out and en
 to be successful and open doors. Now everybody else can fall in hance cach other. When I see another female artist, we always
 line." Bitch, bitch, bitch: "My first single's called Shes a Bitch.' show cach other love-we just so happy that we broke that bar-
 That doesn't have to be your everyday personality. But the
 rier down of us not ein' able to do as much as the men."
 lKimCONFESSIONS.
 TUMBLR.COM
 0

 Music
 a Brat, 25. Claim to fame: Runs her own record label, Thowin'
 Tantrums Entertainment; she is the first female rapper to have a
 platinum record. She's the one: "Before me, people didnt know
 how to market a female rap artist. I laid the path in the way
 Queen Latifah and MC Lyte did for me. But you need to grow
 in this industry. I want to produce, act, and direct -get my hands in every
 thing. I got an cye and an car for good talent." Birds of a feather: "My friends
 all stick together. There's only a handful of us women in the industry with
 labels-theres not enough of us to be bickerin'. We're like the dream team. Its
 all about unity, havin' a strong support system. Were mature adults and we
 know the value of friendship. Nothin' should come between two friends-
 friends are forever, men aint." To each her own: "I got the tomboy thing goini
 on, and I can still be sexy. Missy's futuristic you dont know what she's gonna
 do next. Kim is like the madam-diva type-raunchy and nasty. Shell shoot
 your ass. Mary's sultry and spiritual and soulful, the ghetto queen of R&B
 Aaliyahs funky, she represents the teenagers. Shell make you party with her.
 We all are supa dupa fresh, and we gotta hold hands and rock together."
 il' Kim, 24. Claim to fame: The girlfriend
 of the late Notus B.I.G. runs her own
 label, Queen Bee Records. She's come a
 long way, baby: "Im really proud of my
 CONFESSIONS
 TUMBLRICOM
 new album. My favorite lyrics 'A queen is not a
 queen because she has failed/ But a queen is a
 queen because failure has not stopped her..../
 Women are taking over for the new millen
 nium.' Like Puffy said, we dont need a mike
 anymore. We bein' heard. Its our era." What
 becomes a diva most: People love to use the word
 diva. I like queen better. A queen knows it all but doesnt let
 you know it right off. She's good-spirited and righteous.
 She's the boss: "With Queen Bee, I call the shots. I want
 my label to be the female version of Bad Boy. Me and Puffy
 may be family, but at the end of the day, I'm gonna do
 what I have to do. I'm also working on Bad Girl Films-
 ever since I did Sheš AllThat, Miramax has been offering me
 lots of things." In the company of women: "Were all
 characters. Brats the southern street girl who needs to be
 wild. Aaliyah's the pretty-girl type, the sexy artist that's un-
 touchable. Missy's like a cartoon and you love to watch
 her, shes so cute. Mary, you love to watch for her
 rength. Mary's the girl you can identify with. And
 me, Im like a little Mary. Lauryn's getting what she
 deserves. Her success made me work harder. Now
 we all know a hip-hop woman can make it."O
 ki- CONFESSIONS
 TUMBLR COM
thabeehive-deactivated20160215:

lil’ kim, aaliyah, missy elliott,  da brat photographed by elfie semotan for the august 1999 issue of elle magazine.

thabeehive-deactivated20160215: lil’ kim, aaliyah, missy elliott, da brat photographed by elfie semotan for the august 1999 issue of elle ...

Gif, Tumblr, and Big Show: Eus WEINSTEIN COMPAN Dems supporting Dem sexual predator: 0 Reps supporting Rep sexual predator: 62,984,825 ANY QUESTIONS? Seurt The Eeptent <p><a href="http://liberalsarecool.com/post/166381354641/imagine-democrats-electing-weinstein-president-it" class="tumblr_blog">liberalsarecool</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>Imagine Democrats electing Weinstein President? It would NEVER happen.</p> <p>It’s such a clear sign that both parties are not the same.</p></blockquote> <p>I like how you pretend there weren&rsquo;t dozens of liberals in Hollywood who were perfectly aware of Weinstein&rsquo;s transgressions and decided to keep quiet about it to protect their careers. People like Ben Affleck make a big show of condemning him now when there&rsquo;s no negative repercussions for doing so, but for decades he decided to go deaf and blind like everyone else. I also like how you&rsquo;re completely ignoring a democratic former president with sexual abuse allegations. I&rsquo;ll let you think about it for minute&hellip;</p><figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-width="465" data-orig-height="322" data-tumblr-attribution="cracked:TqbGt2RvF3TXAk_tGNG4iA:ZMDnby2MQr492" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/2b41739d568f1611d57e724ac5853d1c/tumblr_or4nevdyWI1qz5q5lo1_500.gif"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/2b41739d568f1611d57e724ac5853d1c/tumblr_inline_oxuersmWGf1rw09tq_540.gif" data-orig-width="465" data-orig-height="322" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/2b41739d568f1611d57e724ac5853d1c/tumblr_or4nevdyWI1qz5q5lo1_500.gif"/></figure>
Gif, Tumblr, and Big Show: Eus
 WEINSTEIN COMPAN
 Dems supporting Dem sexual predator: 0
 Reps supporting Rep sexual predator: 62,984,825
 ANY QUESTIONS?
 Seurt The Eeptent
<p><a href="http://liberalsarecool.com/post/166381354641/imagine-democrats-electing-weinstein-president-it" class="tumblr_blog">liberalsarecool</a>:</p>

<blockquote><p>Imagine Democrats electing Weinstein President? It would NEVER happen.</p>

<p>It’s such a clear sign that both parties are not the same.</p></blockquote>

<p>I like how you pretend there weren&rsquo;t dozens of liberals in Hollywood who were perfectly aware of Weinstein&rsquo;s transgressions and decided to keep quiet about it to protect their careers. People like Ben Affleck make a big show of condemning him now when there&rsquo;s no negative repercussions for doing so, but for decades he decided to go deaf and blind like everyone else. 

I also like how you&rsquo;re completely ignoring a democratic former president with sexual abuse allegations. I&rsquo;ll let you think about it for minute&hellip;</p><figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-width="465" data-orig-height="322" data-tumblr-attribution="cracked:TqbGt2RvF3TXAk_tGNG4iA:ZMDnby2MQr492" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/2b41739d568f1611d57e724ac5853d1c/tumblr_or4nevdyWI1qz5q5lo1_500.gif"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/2b41739d568f1611d57e724ac5853d1c/tumblr_inline_oxuersmWGf1rw09tq_540.gif" data-orig-width="465" data-orig-height="322" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/2b41739d568f1611d57e724ac5853d1c/tumblr_or4nevdyWI1qz5q5lo1_500.gif"/></figure>

liberalsarecool: Imagine Democrats electing Weinstein President? It would NEVER happen. It’s such a clear sign that both parties are not t...

4chan, Anime, and Bad: Anonymous (ID: eQot91c+) 05/01/13(Wed)18:34:43 No.477045509 File: 1367447683568.i0g-(9 KB, 480x360, yui.jpg) >be me >be 16 >be a total beta >have few friends nothing special -total weaboo >be doing duke of edinburgh award for the volunteering decide to help a paralyzed girl and her mum sher dad was fighting over seas at the time >first day listen to the mum about what i'll be doing idgf >meet girl 10/10 DAYUM.jpeg >say hello how are you the usual shit >get started helping the mum cook >me and her get talking about her daughter >ask what she does all day >she just lies in bed watching t.v. -feels bad man >don't think much other of it though >go in to take her food and to her feed her etc >SHE'S WATCHING DEATH NOTE >we start talking like crazy >discuss other anime >become friends quickly >keep up DoE award >keep talking to her >become very good friends >DoE ends >keep on visiting her after school >go out with her,with her in a wheel chair >go to park and stuff >she's never been outside for a prolonged amount of time >start dating kind of >keep on visiting and helping out >watch anime together for a couple of weeks >get onto angel beats >episode ten find out Yui was paralyzed >keep quiet >marriage proposal scene >engageoverfeel.png 10/10 girl asks if i would like her more if she could move tears rolling down face throw my arms around her softly say you are perfect the way you are, don't ever change that was the first time i ever hugged my wife <p>4chan goes wholesome via /r/wholesomememes <a href="http://ift.tt/2tRmkPK">http://ift.tt/2tRmkPK</a></p>
4chan, Anime, and Bad: Anonymous (ID: eQot91c+) 05/01/13(Wed)18:34:43 No.477045509
 File: 1367447683568.i0g-(9 KB, 480x360, yui.jpg)
 >be me
 >be 16
 >be a total beta
 >have few friends nothing special
 -total weaboo
 >be doing duke of edinburgh award
 for the volunteering decide to help a paralyzed girl and her mum
 sher dad was fighting over seas at the time
 >first day listen to the mum about what i'll be doing idgf
 >meet girl
 10/10
 DAYUM.jpeg
 >say hello how are you the usual shit
 >get started helping the mum cook
 >me and her get talking about her daughter
 >ask what she does all day
 >she just lies in bed watching t.v.
 -feels bad man
 >don't think much other of it though
 >go in to take her food and to her feed her etc
 >SHE'S WATCHING DEATH NOTE
 >we start talking like crazy
 >discuss other anime
 >become friends quickly
 >keep up DoE award
 >keep talking to her
 >become very good friends
 >DoE ends
 >keep on visiting her after school
 >go out with her,with her in a wheel chair
 >go to park and stuff
 >she's never been outside for a prolonged amount of time
 >start dating kind of
 >keep on visiting and helping out
 >watch anime together for a couple of weeks
 >get onto angel beats
 >episode ten
 find out Yui was paralyzed
 >keep quiet
 >marriage proposal scene
 >engageoverfeel.png
 10/10 girl asks if i would like her more if she could move
 tears rolling down face
 throw my arms around her
 softly say you are perfect the way you are, don't ever change
 that was the first time i ever hugged my wife
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