My wife and I discuss this topic just about every month. She counsels high school students here in Philly and let’s just say that their musical tastes do not suit her. She comes from a world where hip-hop and more specifically, MC Lyte rules. In fact, her top 5 hip-hop albums are:
1. Wu Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
2. MC Lyte – Lyte as a Rock
3. A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
4. Gangstarr – Step in the Arena
5. Mc Lyte – Eyes on This
So we frequently discuss the state of female MC’s in hip-hop today and just a few weeks ago, she told me that there are no positive female MC’s in the mainstream. Basically, if you’re a young girl today that wants to get into hip-hop, who would you look up to? Of course, thinking about this issue has had me playing my top female MC album lately; Queen Latifah‘s All Hail the Queen. Have you ever heard this album or seen the album cover (above)? Latifah was a militant sister with a picture of Africa on her album cover. I can’t see any lady in mainstream hip-hop doing that today. What ‘major’ label would support that? Ironically, it baffles me that now she’s a Cover Girl/Jenny Craig spokesmodel but I guess she has to take care of herself and make money. But back in those days, she was an emcee’s MC, male or female. Anyway, I’ve decided to throw up a few of my favorite hip-hop songs by or featuring the ladies. If you haven’t heard them, then take a moment to listen and reminisce.
Queen Latifah w/Monie Love – Ladies First
MC Trouble – Gotta Get a Grip
MC Lyte – 10% Dis
Roxanne Shante – Have a Nice Day
Lin Que – Rip it Up
Bahamadia – Rugged Ruff
Queen Latifah – U.N.I.T.Y.
Lady of Rage – Afro Puffs
Heather B. – All Glocks Down
Nonchalant – 5 O’Clock
Yo Yo w/Ice Cube – What Can I Do?
Nicki D – Daddy’s Little Girl
Lauryn Hill – Lost Ones (remix)
N-Tyce – Hush Hush Tip
Nicki D, Paula Perry, Rah Digga, Heather B, Precious P & Bahamadia – Six-Pack
MC Lyte w/Positive K – I’m Not Havin’ It
Eve – Love is Blind
Salt ‘N Pepa – My Mic Sounds Nice
Antoinette – Who’s the Boss?
Monie Love – Monie in the Middle
Sweet Tee – On the Smooth Tip
Boss – Deeper
Females can rock the mic!