Just Curious: Do Rappers Have A “Light-Skinned” Preference?

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Links to articles on Lil Wayne’s and Kanye West’s preferences for light-skin women throughout their lyrics.

Earlier this week, we featured two stories from different sources on the admiration that both Lil Wayne and Kanye West have for light-skinned women. Both stories sparked plenty of discussion amongst our Black Planet members.

Throughout their careers, as have many rappers, Lil Wayne and Kanye West have professed their love for light-skin women through various tracks.

But these “preferences” never reached the boycott level. Earlier this week, Bossip.com wrote a story about a female model claiming that Wayne disrespected dark-skin women in his presence along with his Young Money mates.

Below are some of the tracks. Feel free to add any other tracks or videos where you noticed a preference for light-skin women on their part.

Lil Wayne lyric: “Beautiful Black woman I bet that b**ch look better red.”

Many people missed this line as they usually hear Lil Wayne mention red as he’s a blood. But when you look at the lyric and the word “red-bone” which refers to light-skinned women, it details his preference for Black women; worse, it shows that he thinks a Black woman is better looking if light-skin.

Kanye West lyric: “Rolling with some light-skin chicks and some Kelly Rowlands.”

Earlier this week, Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic wrote that despite the fact that he loves Kanye’s work, he felt that West was introducing “colorism into Hip-Hop again.”

What do you think? Do you feel it’s fine to have a preference as long as you don’t put down other women of color whether light or dark? Or do you feel Kanye and Wayne have the right to express their feelings about dark-skin women without any backlash?

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