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  • Writer's pictureTiasia Newman

The Heels of Hip-Hop. How Black Female Rappers Influenced Hip-Hop Music For Generations!

August 12, 2023

Black women have profoundly contributed to hip-hop, shaping its culture, music, and impact. Here are some influential Black women who have left their mark on hip-hop!

1. Roxanne Shanté: Known for her pioneering role in the Roxanne Wars, Roxanne Shanté's sharp lyrics and confident delivery made her a prominent figure in hip-hop's early days. She still shows us what it means to be an "Independent Woman."

2. Queen Latifah: A true trailblazer, Queen Latifah's empowering lyrics, charismatic presence, and successful transition to acting and entrepreneurship have made her an icon in hip-hop and beyond. Latifah is a pillar of "U.N.I.T.Y" in New Jersey.

3. Salt-N-Pepa: Cheryl "Salt" James and Sandra "Pepa" Denton, along with DJ Spinderella, challenged gender norms with their unapologetically bold and sexually confident lyrics, paving the way for female MCs. Together they proved that years after their first single was released, "No One Does It Better."

4. MC Lyte: One of the first solo female rappers to gain mainstream success, MC Lyte's lyrical prowess and socially conscious messages have solidified her as a hip-hop legend. Lyte is a clear example of what occurs "When In Love" with your gifts and not a paycheck.

5. Missy Elliott: A true visionary, Missy Elliott's innovative music videos, unique sound, and boundary-pushing creativity have earned her multiple Grammy Awards and a lasting impact on hip-hop. Missy is still giving the "Gossip Folk" something to talk about twenty years later.

6. Lauryn Hill: As part of the Fugees and with her iconic solo album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," she demonstrated exceptional lyricism, vocal talent, and a blend of R&B, hip-hop, and soul. Hill's integrity throughout her career has taught her fans that "Nothing Even Matters."

7. Lil' Kim: Often referred to as the "Queen Bee," Lil' Kim's provocative lyrics and fearless style have made her an influential figure in hip-hop fashion and culture. Kim taught my generation, "We are the best; still, there's room for improvement."

8. Eve: With her distinctive voice and versatile style, Eve's contributions to hip-hop include chart-topping hits and collaborations with various artists. Eve took the rap industry and "Set It On Fire," and it's been smoldering ever since!!

9. Nicki Minaj: Known for her rapid-fire verses, alter egos, and genre-blending approach, Nicki Minaj has become one of the most successful and recognizable female rappers worldwide. Nicki told us it was a "Barbie World" years ago, but we didn't believe it until she was on the pink carpet.

10. Cardi B: Rising to fame with her unapologetic authenticity and chart-topping hits, Cardi B has significantly impacted contemporary hip-hop. Cardi showed us what can happen when you're down nine times but "Get Up 10."

11. Megan Thee Stallion: Renowned for her confident and empowering lyrics, Megan Thee Stallion has quickly become a leading figure in modern hip-hop. Meagan gave the hood the audacity to say the word "Anxiety" to a beat while unknown, leading to unexpected defeat.

12. Rapsody: With her thought-provoking lyrics and intricate rhyme schemes, Rapsody has earned critical acclaim and respect within the hip-hop community. Rapsody stood in the gap for "Sojourner" and told the truth to a generation living a lie.

13. Tierra Whack: Known for her creativity and visual storytelling, Tierra Whack brings a unique perspective to hip-hop through her music videos and distinct style. She stands for the baddies that shop at the "Flea Market" but make girls in Fendi and Prada feel underdressed in her presence.

These Black women have shaped the sound of hip-hop and contributed to its cultural impact, challenging norms and providing a platform for women's voices in a predominantly male-dominated industry. Remember, darling, the show must go on and in good fashion.

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