It's presumptuous to think I'll have a kid. [I'm terrified of pregnancy.] But I couldn't think of a better way to put it in the headline.
Whatever you think of The Coup's occasionally uneven discography, it's hard to deny that Boots can write and Pam can lay tracks. When they're both on point it's magical. I think I was still in middle school when I heard 'Fat Cats, Bigga Fish' at a friend's place [with the Baloo sample!] and lost my mind. This is my favorite, though:
Bianca's a NYC girl, as she'll gladly tell you. She's funny as hell but will step to you in a second, and she did a really good job of bridging the gap between real talk and academic speech in school. I have girl friends that I think of as older sisters and twins, but few younger sisters. Bianca's one of them. I'm really proud of her.
I jumped into a conversation about the word princess on Facebook and mentioned 'Wear Clean Draws'.
Tell your teacher I said princesses are evil/How they got all they money was they killed people
Posting this immediately puts gets me onto two topics: how women are gonna run the country in a few generations, but not the world, and how I hope there are more lady rappers in those generations. I'll leave that second one for a Rah Digga post I feel coming on. She's indie now.
So, about my hypothetical daughter and future generations; I don't think Boots' 'girls are strong' message is going to be lacking by the time they get to middle school. The women over men college gap is now 14% and rising; there's a hell of a lot more Biancas than mes. And I think that no matter how much regressive Twilight garbage gets the headlines, strong women role models will proliferate offscreen and the number of women entrepreneurs will bounce from the current low level. There are just too many smart independent ladies for this song to be as relevant as it once was, and that makes me really happy.
The rest of the world, though? This song's going to be really resonant for centuries to come. Hopefully less.