I have been involved locally in the urban scene here in Nashville for a minute now. Participated in events, helped artists, and modeled. I have always said that I would never be in a video. I have been asked (SOMETIMES I have an ass) but have always respectfully declined. My reason was always that I felt it pigeon-holed you as a serious contender in anything for the future. Like, no matter what I try to do in the future, they could always pull up that video of me shaking my barely covered ass on top of a box Chevy (my dream car if anyone cares) licking my lips and flinging my hair. These days with everyone having production access even on a low-budget level, almost all artists have a video and in the south, girls are just as important as the “whips”
Ladies, where does this put us? An accessory! I can hear the call now “make sure we have 8 bottles of Moet, some of that purp blown and 3-5 of the baddest hoes”.
To this day, the best hip hop video of all time could quite possibly be “Triumph” by the Wu. Any girls? Nu-uh; not necessary. So this begs the question, is it a southern thang? I would say it is predominantly a southern trait, but not isolated. Remembering “Big Pimpin”…there were LOTS of scantily dressed females in that video, but it fit the content plus it had UGK so…well I guess that wasn’t too good of an example. Anyways, is it necessary to have girls bouncing their asses and hanging onto the rappers in order to make a successful video? No but it sure helps. Let’s face it folks, I can admit when a female is nice to look at and if a video is visually stimulating then sometimes that can make a video get more views whether or not the music is worthwhile. It’s like those chicks on twitter that have a half naked avi for more followers or the C list celebrity that “leaks” a porn they made with their equal to or lesser social status partner for infamy.
In 1989, the MTV Music Award (when it still kind of mattered and represented public opinion) went to “Parents Just Don’t Understand” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince (remember those little people dontcha!?). I loved that video and can sing along to and can picture the scenes in my head. I don’t recall any females other than the chick in the story and every scene with her started with “she said…”
I believe it is possible to live in a world without “video vixens” or “video hoes”…urbandictionary.com puts a distinction between the two and I’m going to leave it up to each individual female to determine which category she wants to put herself in.
Here is a video with beautiful female representation. I wonder if any of the video girls show the rap videos to their daddy’s?