Rae Sremmurd‘s hit single “Black Beatles” has been the talk of social media lately, thanks in part to the popularity of the mannequin challenge. The infectious track, produced by Mike Will Made It and featuring Gucci Mane, officially became the number one single in the country this week, the first number one for all involved.
Nicki Minaj honored the success of her friends and collaborators with her own remix, “Black Barbies,” on Tuesday, making it some of the first music she’s released that doesn’t have any fingerprints of her ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels. If anything, Nick’s punchline heavy verses should officially shut down talks that she needed her ex to help write her bars.
Of course the Twitter trolls seized the opportunity to poke fun at the queen Barbie. That’s their job. But after we laugh, we should stay aware of the subtle misogyny that jokes about Nicki’s career and relationships with Safaree and Meek Mill encourage.
Whether you’re mocking Meek for opening up for his more famous lady or downplaying Nick’s penmanship because she’s not a man, the gag is old. These kinds of jokes weakly comply to the racist and misogynist standards of the old America.
Anyone planning to brave out the next four years here should adjust their mentality with that in mind. It’s no longer funny to joke about systematic oppression. The beast is looking us dead in the face and we only have ourselves to blame if he wins. So accepting any of his tricks is inexcusable. Look around: Gucci Mane is sober, our president is orange and the new Beatles are Black.
If this British man with a fro playing America’s latest, greatest export on a violin isn’t proof, the source of America’s greatness never changed. All hail the Black Beatles.