A Hustla is a Human Version of a Hustler


Hustler: 1. An active, enterprising, or unscrupulous individual. 2. A prostitute.

Hustla: Someone skilled at turning a profit no matter what the enterprise.

As far as I understand, a direct translation of hustler to my mother tongue isiZulu is “Umuntu ophantayo” as “Hustling” is ukuphanta, with it the word does not carry a masculine nor feminine undertone and for that reason I’d like to debunk the “sense” in Beyonce’s “Diva” lyrics. If the word “Hustler” doesn’t have a sex connotation to begin with then why the hell would the word have a female version of itself? Focusing on the literal meaning of the word, is Beyonce trying to tell us that naturally females, women don’t have the capacity to be a hustler; someone skilled at turning a profit no matter what the enterprise? that they have to be a different “female” version of that to activate the essence of the meaning?

It’s sad, the song itself could never stand alone ever since its release. Due to its similarities with Lil Wayne’s “A Milli” the song has been somewhat seen as an imitation. Most critics refer to it (Diva) as the female version of “A Milli”, “A feminine companion to A Milli”, Even though it’s women’s month and everything, numbers don’t lie and as far as success goes A Milli tramps it’s female version. Though still a strong single, “Girls” had a worse run on Billboard’s Hot 100… One of her many other chauvinistic numbers… Why is this happening?

I probably sound like Beyonce once ate my KFC… No, I have absolutely nothing against her, I just don’t get the eagerness or the FORCE some leaders have… to wear pants. You don’t have to put on pants and grab your crotch, to be aggressive, to be chauvinistic, hell, you don’t have to run the world to be a strong individual nor do you as a human have to put the other gender down to deem your sex greater because as soon as that happens, the essence of being a feminist goes out the door. Be beautiful, be graceful, comfortable in being femininely strong, the world needs a calm womb.

“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.”- Roman Payne



About Ndumiso Mncwabe

When beautiful melodies tell us horrible things and grisly sounds tell us the kind truth. This is where life and music meet. They say music has the power to inspire change, I say music has the power to inspire vibes. Good vibes and bad vibes. It also has the power to inspire thoughts, but most importantly, for it to inspire change, it must inspire conversation. I smell music, I speak music. View all posts by Ndumiso Mncwabe

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