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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 23 effects, distorts Missy’s body. Missy also plays on these distortions by the way she moves and positions herself (for instance, kneeling makes the upper body even larger). Overall, there is no coherent narrative to the video just as there is no narrative to the song. Imagery is of utmost importance. Missy constructs a new image of the black woman in music video: large, multitalented and malleable. She presents her complete body in its true form and also in a blatantly exaggerated form. Her facial features are distorted and put back in place. Furthermore, she not only performs the song, but she also shows the audience how to dance to its rhythm. However, it is telling that she still must use the bodies of smaller women even as she critiques them. Perhaps with all the control Missy has over her business affairs and artistry, she is still somewhat constrained by the industry standards that she has fought to break. She still displays the need to re-present the bodies of thinner women. "Crush on You." Although it was not her first solo single, the "Crush on You" proved to be a breakthrough hit for Lil’ Kim as a solo artist. Surprisingly, in the video, directed by Kim’s then producer Lance "Un" Rivera, Kim herself does not overly display the sexual imagery for which she is (in)famous. In fact, it is the dancers who perform a simulated sex act while Kim looks on from the background. The video does not appear to have a coherent narrative although there is only one setting for the entire video. This setting is manipulated first with images of dancers spliced with what seems to be a nightclub. The room randomly changes colors from blue to yellow to red to green. Furthermore, the dancers’ clothes match each color of the room. A male performs the first verse of the

Authors: Brooks, TaKeshia.
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Black Womanhood 23
effects, distorts Missy’s body. Missy also plays on these distortions by the way she
moves and positions herself (for instance, kneeling makes the upper body even larger).
Overall, there is no coherent narrative to the video just as there is no narrative to the
song. Imagery is of utmost importance.
Missy constructs a new image of the black woman in music video: large,
multitalented and malleable. She presents her complete body in its true form and also in
a blatantly exaggerated form. Her facial features are distorted and put back in place.
Furthermore, she not only performs the song, but she also shows the audience how to
dance to its rhythm. However, it is telling that she still must use the bodies of smaller
women even as she critiques them. Perhaps with all the control Missy has over her
business affairs and artistry, she is still somewhat constrained by the industry standards
that she has fought to break. She still displays the need to re-present the bodies of thinner
women.
"Crush on You." Although it was not her first solo single, the "Crush on You" proved to
be a breakthrough hit for Lil’ Kim as a solo artist. Surprisingly, in the video, directed by
Kim’s then producer Lance "Un" Rivera, Kim herself does not overly display the sexual
imagery for which she is (in)famous. In fact, it is the dancers who perform a simulated
sex act while Kim looks on from the background. The video does not appear to have a
coherent narrative although there is only one setting for the entire video. This setting is
manipulated first with images of dancers spliced with what seems to be a nightclub. The
room randomly changes colors from blue to yellow to red to green. Furthermore, the
dancers’ clothes match each color of the room. A male performs the first verse of the


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