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you a stone freak in yo own skin: Missy Elliott's and Lil' Kim's Constructions of Black Womanhood
Unformatted Document Text:  Black Womanhood 14 videos in a conceptualized style--"a loose association of images that interact with the music to create meaning" (Schwichtenberg in Lynch, 2001, p. 116). This analysis will examine recurring images and words as Lynch does in his analysis. I also consider several questions Lynch poses in relation to Jackson: "What is related to what? What is foregrounded? What is moved to the background? How [are Missy and Kim] constructed in the video? How is the implied audience situated in relation to [Missy’s and Kim’s] persona[s]? Where can the fans identify with [Missy and Kim]?" (p. 118). Analysis Biographies. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott grew up in Portsmouth, VA. In junior high, she began to write songs, form girl groups and compete in local talent contests. In 1991, she auditioned with her group Sista for Devante Swing of R&B group Jodeci. He signed them to his production company and Elliott began writing songs with her partner Timbaland. However, Sista’s album was never released. Elliott then wrote songs for other artists. She got her big break when music executive Sylvia Rhone offered Elliott a record deal along with her own record label. She released her first single, “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” in 1997 and has since become a pop culture icon. Kimberly “Lil’ Kim” Jones grew up in Brooklyn, NY. As a teenage runaway, she lives with boyfriend after boyfriend. Her fateful meeting with Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace introduces her to the rap game. Wallace, a former drug dealer, and Lance “Un” Rivera, a former drug dealer turned music executive, sign Jones to their group Junior M.A.F.I.A. Jones pursues her solo career and releases her debut album in 1996. Wallace’s murder and internal problems with her record company delay the

Authors: Brooks, TaKeshia.
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Black Womanhood 14
videos in a conceptualized style--"a loose association of images that interact with the
music to create meaning" (Schwichtenberg in Lynch, 2001, p. 116). This analysis will
examine recurring images and words as Lynch does in his analysis. I also consider
several questions Lynch poses in relation to Jackson: "What is related to what? What is
foregrounded? What is moved to the background? How [are Missy and Kim]
constructed in the video? How is the implied audience situated in relation to [Missy’s and
Kim’s] persona[s]? Where can the fans identify with [Missy and Kim]?" (p. 118).
Analysis
Biographies. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott grew up in Portsmouth, VA. In junior high,
she began to write songs, form girl groups and compete in local talent contests. In 1991,
she auditioned with her group Sista for Devante Swing of R&B group Jodeci. He signed
them to his production company and Elliott began writing songs with her partner
Timbaland. However, Sista’s album was never released. Elliott then wrote songs for
other artists. She got her big break when music executive Sylvia Rhone offered Elliott a
record deal along with her own record label. She released her first single, “The Rain
(Supa Dupa Fly)” in 1997 and has since become a pop culture icon.
Kimberly “Lil’ Kim” Jones grew up in Brooklyn, NY. As a teenage runaway, she
lives with boyfriend after boyfriend. Her fateful meeting with Christopher “Notorious
B.I.G.” Wallace introduces her to the rap game. Wallace, a former drug dealer, and
Lance “Un” Rivera, a former drug dealer turned music executive, sign Jones to their
group Junior M.A.F.I.A. Jones pursues her solo career and releases her debut album in
1996. Wallace’s murder and internal problems with her record company delay the


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