The phenomenon of the elusive “Great White Hope” in Hip-Hop has been a lofty goal set ever since the breakout success of Michigan rap superstar Eminem. With that has come the inevitable search for a female rapper who could replicate Slim Shady’s success in a business that is overwhelmingly dominated by Black people (at least on the artist/talent side) and seen as a wholly African-American art form. Journalist-turned-director Brittany “Bella” Graham has undertaken the role of putting together an upcoming documentary White Girls In Hip Hop – which aims to take an inside look at the involvement of White women in the genre and if their skin color lends them an advantage.
Featured in the film are L.A. Weekly music editor Ben Westhoff, author and scholar Dr. Ebony A. Utley, and former White Girl Mob member and Kreayshawn collaborator Lil’ Debbie. Other rappers such as K. Flay, Dessa and North Carolina rising soloist Rapsody are also featured in the string of featured interviews. Graham has completed the first portion of the documentary and is asking for public donations via crowd funding site IndieGogo to help with the eventual release of the final product.
Graham, who writes for our friends over at The Well Versed, is approaching the documentary as a tool that could eventually be used in classrooms and offer a variety of teachable moments regarding art, culture and the important of both race and gender roles in the ever-changing world of Hip-Hop.
For more information on the film and to learn how to lend financial support to the project, please follow this link.
Check out a teaser clip for White Girls In Hip Hop below.
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