Sukihana and Killer Mike take on Meek Mill’s defense as he receives backlash for his Expensive pain album cover.
The album is doing pretty well, amassing over 100 million streams and ranking # 3 on the Billboard Top 100 charts with Taylor Swift and Drake. However, that’s a whole different matter for the cover art.
The cover features a pop art graphic of a black man with a gold chain and a myriad of nude black women in provocative positions. The risky cover is also stuck on his tour bus, which was the fuel that sparked this uproar. As Meek Mill kicks off his tour, more fans have seen the tour bus and have started to express their disdain for the footage on Twitter.
Many women tweeted the sexist take on a naked black woman on her tour bus. He is seen as inappropriate and disrespectful towards black women, especially for a black man in his position. One reviewer tweeted, “This is the cover art for rapper Meek Mill’s album. When will black people call black people for injustices against black people? The number one threat to black women is black men. The most disrespectful people towards black women are black men. WHERE ARE THE FEMINISTS? “
Rapper Sukihina had a different take on the incident and she shared her take on it on Wednesday, October 13. She said in a now-deleted post: “There is no outrage for the statues in Italy and Rome that depict naked whites.” Later in her video, she sticks to her words as she said : “The body of a black woman is magnificent. We can show it if we want. She closed her video by advising others to stop jumping on black men for nonsense.
There are many depictions of nude women in Greek and Roman culture. However, in the western part of the world, nude depictions of women are considered inappropriate. The context of Meek Mill’s album cover may also be the source of the commotion.
While depictions of nude women in other cultures surround the effervescence and divine feminine energy of the woman who is portrayed whether in paintings or statues, the depictions of black women on her album portray a bloody side. rap that most women despise. It represents a main theme of rap culture, which some may see as an over-objectification and sexualization of female beauty.
It may also indicate an even darker turn in history where black women were sexually objectified and used for sex and art in European countries. Sarah Baartman is a prime example of the dark sexualization of black women in art.
However, is there enough exploration of positive portrayals of black women, and could this be a start in examples of this?
According to Meek Mill, Nina Chanel, a black artist based in New York City, designed the artwork. His work embodies the exploration of racial issues, pop culture, political and social tensions, and homophobia. Chanel is an expert in her craft and mentioned that her work is “easy to swallow, hard to digest”.
Killer Mike also defended Meek Mill saying it was just art.
“It’s art,” said the veteran rapper. “Absolutely. As a society, we see naked humans in museum art. We should also be sufficiently cultured as adults and parents to discuss nudity and art with our children. I say that. as a parent, rapper and board member of the High Museum of ART Love and Respect Doc.
It’s art. Absoutely. As a society, we see naked humans in museum art. We should also be sufficiently cultured as adults and parents to discuss nudity and art with our children. I say this as a parent, rapper, and board member of the High Museum of ART. Love & Respect Doc. https://t.co/HOmYAC1q6g
– Killer Mike (@KillerMike) October 13, 2021
Meek Mill has since responded to the backlash, particularly coming from the white man in the video.
“These people don’t worry about our community when we die and go to jail and then trapped in poverty, so don’t talk about that when you think you get some kind of feeling when you see s – you don’t. do not like. Talk when you see a little girl getting killed in our neighborhood like we do, ”Meek Mill said in an interview with Morman.
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– Sweet Mill (@MeekMill) September 15, 2021
I’m not sure if anyone has seen these old school minstrel show footage, but I hope #Meek Mill and #Lizzo will take a look. #Black woman have always been considered ignorant sex objects. pic.twitter.com/ngh16s71tT
– Dr Boyce Watkins (@ drboycewatkins1) October 14, 2021