Fandom Wars: Are Fans Really To Blame For Female Rap Beef?

Fandom Wars: Are Fans Really To Blame For Female Rap Beef?

Latto recently spoke out about the rivalry and competition between artists, specifically highlighting the role of fans in fueling these tensions. In a recent interview, the “Big Energy” rapper addressed the influence of “stan culture” and how fans’ comparisons often lead to divisions within the music industry. 

‘They Will Turn Us Against Each Other’

In a recent interview with XXL Magazine, Latto’s statements on fans and their influence in triggering artist competition have garnered attention and ignited discussions:

The rapper emphasized:

“I think it really don’t be a problem until we let fans, Stans, whatever you want to call them, like the outsiders once they get in the mix. I think that’s what stirs the pot. Because it’s like, we will all be fans of each other and commenting and following each other, whatever, but then once they get to comparing, they will turn us against each other, which is very weak-minded of us as female rappers. I will take that accountability. I don’t think truly, at heart, it’s us. Once people are infiltrating your mind and got you thinking this, and now you feel this type of way without even addressing the person, now you addressing fans. I think we be falling for these traps that they put on female rappers.”

Social media users have ignited discussion, where one user named @SassyandGeeky wrote, “She is absolutely correct. Outsiders be over exaggerating the situation just so that they could entertain their lonely miserable insufferable lives. If it the situation resolved itself quickly, they b*tch and complain about it.” Another user named @therealpayonce wrote, “I agree that they’re all weak minded bc random stan accounts and bots making you dislike someone you already liked is bottom of the barrel behavior.” 

Snoop Warns Latto About Female Rap Beef

The Atlanta rapper also had a similar conversation with Snoop Dogg in Rolling Stone Magazine, where they discussed the state of female rap

The hip-hop legend advised Latto to avoid rap beef with other artists and stressed the importance of unity in the genre. They both acknowledged the surge of prominence in female rap and emphasized the need for female artists to support and uplift each other.

Stan Culture

Now, the focal point of this discussion is stans. Stans are notoriously known for defending their favorite artists and fueling rivalries, where some of the most cutthroat fanbases today include Nicki Minaj’s “Barbz,” Beyoncé’s “Beyhive,” and Taylor Swift’s “Swifties.” 

The Beyhive and Swifties, in particular, began comparing the chart-topping artists to each other as they embarked on recent tours and concert film releases such as the Renaissance World Tour and The Eras Tour. 

As both fanbases realized the similarities in their success, many fans continued to tear each other’s “faves” down; they constantly compared Queen Bey and Taylor Swift competitively. 

Instead of the two influential figures feeding into the fanbase-made competition, Beyoncé was spotted at Taylor Swift’s premiere for The Eras Tour film. Swift recanted her support from Beyoncé and how much she loved and appreciated her. 

Trina Talks Female Rap

The importance of unity among female artists has been a recurring topic of discussion, with Trina also emphasizing its significance. The Miami native, known for promoting female unity in music, has repeatedly advocated for artists to set aside drama and support one another. 

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