Since its beginnings, rap music has been inextricably linked with African-American culture. Moving from the underground into the mainstream has brought a wide diversity of other cultures into the fold, but a new documentary wants to tackle a more sensitive issue: the role white female rappers play in the hip-hop world.
White Girls In Hip-Hop is being developed by the journalist Brittany “Bella” Graham, who first came up with the project as a senior thesis in college. According to Graham, the film “will delve deep into the current status of race in Hip-Hop and examine whether certain evolutions in the genre are the result of a generational shift or a change in the race dichotomy.” She wants to make sure it’s entertaining as well as informative, and documentary features interviews with a variety of people knowledgeable on the subject: L.A. Weekly music editor Ben Westhoff, author and scholar Dr. Ebony A. Utley, and a cast of musicians that includes Li’l Debbie, K. Flay, Dessa, and Rapsody.
The film is not finished yet, and Graham is seeking funding help to secure more interviews and wrap up production and post-production costs. To read more about it and to find out how you can contribute, visit the documentary’s fundraising website. Watch a teaser video below. [Hip-Hop Wired]