Who Killed The Female Rapper?: A Love Story…

As I watched the BET special, My Mic Sounds Nice –  The Truth About Women in Hip-Hop,

I realized that along with my homegirl, Starrene Rhett, I have become somewhat of an advocate for the female emcee in this modest blog-world. Upon a quick review of this site and it’s stats, I see that my most popular posts have been the ones in my series of Top female rapper lists, ranging from Top failures to Top hopes for the future. I accept that responsibility humbly, something like a masculine feminist, simply because I couldn’t imagine hip-hop without women.

What I do like about this delicately edited and thoughtfully put-together documentary is that it addressed all of the relevant issues that have arisen for the female M.C. Although it flashed past the whole early 90’s era where you might have seen the most diverse cavalcade of estrogen-infused rappers and jumped right into the mid-90’s, it accomplished so much in its one hour time span.

I was surprised and  delighted to see unexpected faces like Eve, Ladybug Mecca (so damn beautiful), Nikki D, Tiye Phoenix and even Rage and Medusa. Despite having to endure my favorite, Mc Lyte‘s twisting lips every time she spoke, and listening to almost every participant damn near eulogize Lauryn Hill, I just kept wishing Foxy, Da Brat, Monie Love and Kim were apart of this as well. It would have felt more complete. And Why the fuck doesn’t Queen Latifah ever Come out for these kinds of things??!

Actually, this topic is so big that each segment really deserved its own half hour. This could be a Planet Earth – like series that goes on and really delves into the details of everything. Female hip-hop enthusiasts, writers, rappers and directors – you listening out there??

I was wondering if Nicki Minaj would come up, and of course she did. Things were approached from the angles that you would expect from a special on this level. Remember, this is a network that has turned its program marketing toward a young pre-teen to late 20’s demographic, so at most, I hope it taught lots of young’ns that there was life before Nicki. It was a very surface investigation that didn’t give us answers or surely didn’t teach hip-hop historians such as myself, but if anything, should have inspired us to do better, or at least find out the whys and hows.

I know from being in this world that there are in fact more female rappers now than ever! And on a super diverse scale. What I haven’t seen, however, is a wealth of appeal.

Let’s put the burden of being a female aside and just take into account the value of appeal and grind for any artist on the come up. Now Iam no guru on this being that I as an artist trying to make it myself haven’t really been able to crack the magic formula to be an overnight smash. But the few strides that I have made thus far in my fledgling career can be attributed to a healthy understanding of and dedication to both. As I pointed out in one of my top female rapper posts, the number one Achilles heel of Female rappers is focusing too much of their energy on one aspect of their artistry or personalities. Sex sells, but there’s only so much you sell yourself before you’re used up. Battling is cool, but after you’ve won all the battles, where’s your deal? Lyrics are dope and all, but where’s your stage presence?

The reason Lauryn is the Holy Grail of female hip-hopdom and her name garners the same reverence from both new and old rappers is because she displayed so many facets of her personality in an honest, vulnerable, casual, confident and believable way, all from the jump. It wasn’t, ‘oh, let me sing on this third project‘. Or ‘let me wear a dress after 10 years’, or ‘let me make a relationship song now after I’ve killed niggas on the block in my 80 prior mixtape appearances’, or ‘let me try to show you I’m lyrical on this acapella YouTube freestyle after all my songs have been bubblegum pop’.

For this reason, we have to bring the fact of being a female back into play. Any new rapper has to present their story and their appeal, and in most cases, being a 1 dimensional rapper doesn’t get you far (Unless of course your character as an artist overshadows your content, or you’re Kid Cudi or one of these new Weed Rappers or Officer Ricky). Now take that and double the responsibility for a woman because not only does she have the obstacle of trying to sway the masses as a new artist, she has to sway the masses to feel her as a woman. And in hip-hop, the masses means men who fuel barbershop debates and hating-ass women who have to feel like there’s something to relate to or identify with in you. That means all you hardcore underground Lesbians better have some helluva charismatic charm!

Now, Starrene stands on the side that insists that the industry is shady and men have been closing doors on females for years, citing a lack of ability to generate sales (see her article here, http://gangstarrgirl.com/2010/08/mics-do-sound-nice-but-some-still-dont-hear-it/#more-1228). She points that most of these big wigs are too lazy to actually Scout for the talent that is flooding the rap scene today, and wouldn’t know where to look if they tried.

I agree.

But I do definitely think that the female rapper herself is more to blame.

If anyone remembers the PreYoung Money Nicki, you know that she was determined to make heads turn and gain reaction because she sought out to keep her name buzzing and play in the same arenas as the boys who are respected. I see the misogyny in hip-hop lyrics daily, but rarely amongst the community of artists. I don’t hear male rap groups or soloists saying ‘nah, she can’t do this because she’s a chic’ If anything, the usual response from men in the game upon hearing a good female rapper is one of excitement, wanting to be the one who puts her on, or seeking to collab.

I used to date a female rapper who was very prominent within the underground circle, even award-winning. But what I noticed is that for all the acclaim that she received and all the notoriety she was gaining for her music on the show circuit, she never took the steps to translate that to any other success in the other crucial areas of being buzzworthy. Videos were nil, Press coverage was scarce, and pursuit of a radio or dj connect was not in the works. This is something that I see far too often with women in the game. I can’t – and you can’t either, name 1 female who is a prominent mainstay on any blogsite or hip-hop media site the same way as alot of these dudes. There is no female Curren$y. No female Joell Ortiz.

Now, as much love as someone like this chic got or someone who most everyone loves, like a Jean Grae gets respect across the board, I find it hard to believe that this is the doing of evil men in power so much as it is a lack of push. I think some semblance of complacency sets in when female artists reach a certain level of status in the underground world. They may not feel the urgency of getting features and having weekly tracks posted. This is evidenced by such big breaks you see between female-helmed releases.

Another thing is that It may be easier for women to feel like their rap lives are separate from their private lives. This is delicate territory because I cannot truly know the mechanics of being a woman, but in my experience, I have heard most women who rap draw the line more distinctly than men. This could play a role in how much what they deem as real life gets in the way of their grind. Life changes, finances, travel, romantic and familial situations can all deter one young lady. Or even something less tangible but just as real such as age and security can unravel someone and make them withdraw a bit. As women advance thru life, they become more concerned with their stability and future. A man is more inclined to engage in at-risk behavior well into his late 30’s, including continuing to live as a starving artist. Most women ain’t having that! Even the raptress I was dating would have moments where she questioned hanging it up and pursuing other passions out of fear of time. Take our favorite, Jean, for example…. What rap journalist wouldn’t scramble to claim first dibs on her exclusives a few years ago if she was the kind of artist to consistently drop new music? At one point, she had us in the palm of her hands, waiting for her to give us the closest thing to balance in a female rapper since Ms. Hill. But what did she do? She played us! She fake-retired, got moody, got old and not bubbling under anymore. Now the only ones checking for her to blow are her prior fans. There was a point in time where Nina B was a frequent name on hip hop sites with new videos and mixtapes and collabs every month, but now it seems even she has fallen back a bit.

So something must be said for the amount of women in this biz not understanding what works and neglecting to marry as many elements together in a way that will gather the largest build-up. As was said in the special, I just hope somebody comes along after the airing of this and gets it right so a new spark can be ignited. I have my predictions. And lets not count Nicki out as a spearhead.

On another note, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to hip you all to this brilliant post that was put up by one of my blogger homies, Ms. Smarty P. Jones, courtesy of her blog, Smarty’s World http://smartysworld.com/2010/09/01/hip-hop/

She does a clever run down of female M.C.ing based on the show’s main subjects.

Until next time people, I’ll be bumping my Da Brat joints and waiting for some kind of Phoenix Saga.

The Top Female Rappers Bringing Hope & Female Rapper dedication wrap – up

Well…

It’s over. I’ve dedicated a good amount of time on my examination of the female rapper species. I’ve dug in the crates, relived some memories I’d like to forget, and re-aquainted myself with some lost favorites in my journey. I rated the game’s biggest female flops, failures, false starts and unsung Heroines. I can only hope that in the process, I’ve enlightened you or at the very least, Made you say “Oh Snap! I remember that!

True enough, from the feedback I’ve been getting,  and as I mentioned before, there are plenty of women-folk who I didn’t make note of in my lists. Sure, I could have said something about Sylk E. Fyne, or Marvaless, Jacki-O or Mutha Superior in my forgotten or fail posts. And yes I could have made mention of NonChalant, or Heather B. or E-40‘s little sister, Suga T. I could’ve even taken it a step further and called out that chic Eco from that song “I’ll Call Before I Come” off Stankonia, or Lola Damone, Dutchess, Or 2Pac‘s one and only female Outlaw, Storm, or Outkast‘s other failed female guest rapper from the horrrendous “Mamacita” song on Aquemeni. But that’s what you’re here for. You keep me on my toes.

I already shared my feelings on the delicacies of being a woman in hip-hop and the art of handling just the right balance to surpass expectations. Having that said, I just wanted to end this whole adventure in ladyland by giving you something bright. Yes, some HOPE.

I’ll give you a quick list of my favorite female rappers of all time, and then give you my votes for the New Hope of women using Hip-Hop as their preferred voice of expression who stand a ghost of a chance.

My favorites have always been;

Bahamadia

Angie Martinez

Ladybug Mecca

Monie Love

Mc Lyte

Da Brat

Lauryn Hill (A.K.A. one of the best rappers/musicians Ever. period)

And now for…

The Top 10 Female Rappers bringing Hope

Honorable Mentions

* P-Star *

Don’t sleep. I’ve seen this kid do her thing at age 6! Now she’s so cultivated that her flow is just second nature and she’s getting more and more polished every year. She may be chasing that kiddie paper, but her back story is serious and there’s no childs-play about her. There’s even a documentary coming out about her. She may very well be that chic when she’s all grown up. Catch up on her on http://www.pstarrising.com/pstar-blog

*Farrah Burns*

One of those who are naturally nice and has talent just seeping out of her pores, you’d be more familiar if she put more damn work in! her seductive voice coupled with an effortless delivery but slick wit is a match that the game’s been waiting to hear from a chic. If she didn’t hate me so much right now, I ‘d be so about pushing her.

* Mae Day*

She’s Just dope. But we’ll wait to hear more.

10. NeMiss

This petite self-proclaimed “Bombshell” from Chicago is a vocalist and rapstress with style and heart. You don’t know what to expect until she opens up on stage and gets in full mode. She fully embraces her femininity and uses that to her advantage by creating powerful anthems and empowering rhymes without being in-your-face or aggressively beating her point into the listeners head. It’s just like the right dose of awareness you need without waving the “hear me roar” flag. Visit http://www.oz-d.com/Nemiss/bio.htm

9. Nikki Lynette

This name must just be popular amongst women who decide to rap. It sounds right off of the tongue. But sooner or later, this will probably be the only Nikki who’s name will be in your mouth anyway. Another Chicago Syren, She’s brillaint. That is all…

Learn more at http://www.nikkilynette.com/

8. Nina B

Who else has been the most visible female rapper hitting the internets in the last 3 years? Nobody better than Ms. B! That’s really all I have to say. No reason why you shouldn’t know her name at this point. Ask Kay Slay. Get familiar with her on http://remembermeninab.ning.com/

7. Brittany Street

My favorite of the Female rappers bubbling under and about to make a name, this chic is the definition of cool. Like most female rappers, she dabbles a little into the vocals, but her cleverness and quirkiness is what makes her stand out. What defines it tho, and what makes it star-worthy, is that she wraps it up in a laid-back package. So as much as she claims to be a “Martian”,  she always sounds down to Earth. Fly in her stratosphere on http://www.brittanystreet.com/blog/

6. Eternia

The dopest female performer I’ve seen if not one of the best performers I’ve seen period. She’s leading the underground circuit heavy right now and making Toronto look like a hotbed for the best rap talent in a long time. Nevermind being worried about white chics taking over, be worried about Canadians about to run the game! keep doing your thing E!

5. Jasmine Solano

Another super-dope performer and an all around Triple Threat. I had the pleasure of working with Ms. Solano last summer for my first ever Janet Jackson vs. Madonna party. She’s the definition of a grinder and is somewhat of a celebrity and a rising industry tastemaker. So don’t be surpised if you see her rapping, singing or DJing at your favorite somebody’s favorite big event. She’s only gonna keep going up!

4. Diamond/Rasheeda

The best thing about Crime Mob and the only pretty thing that ATL rap has given us to listen to have been putting it down locally for a minute. So much so, that it’s only a matter of time before one of them hits that national level of exposure with a nice radio smash. Diamond’s touched it a couple times, but never on her own. And Rasheeda has the flair, she just has to deliver. Either way, in the words of Andre “the south got somethin’ to say!“.

3. Kid Sister

She does that electro-retro, pop, bubbly, colorful dance stuff alot, but when you listen, She’s mastered her craft. She can speed it up, slow it down, sing… Alot of chics haven’t exhibited that kind of versatility or control, even if they can do it. She’s apart of the new revolution of creative women who you can’t just squeeze in a box. She’s doing what she wants, having fun doing it, and looking good all at the same time. What a concept!

2. Lil Mama

Yeah, yeah, she might be a little extra, but shorty CAN spit. You may only think of her as the “Lip Gloss” chic who ran up on stage during Jay and Alicia’s MTV awards set, but Youtube her and you’ll find some bars. It’s been a long time since you heard that kind of flexibility with the flow, and having already had commercial succes, albeit short-lived, she’s still ahead of the curve. Now she’s tenacious enough to have parlayed her brief fame into extended fame by becoming an MTV mainstay as a judge on it’s America’s Best Dance Crew show, let’s see if she can parlay that into more music success. We’ll see. In the meantime, peep her old rap over the “A Milli” beat.

1. Bran ‘Nu

Say what you wanna say, but Brandy‘s alter ego is going to see the light of day. And how many of you went and checked for her on Timbaland‘s album after watching her and Ray Jj’s reality show on VH1?? Once you listen, you see it’s clear that she actually has a dope rap voice, a believable rap flow, and she writes her own lyrics. And I personally think it’s dope how she incorporates her singing into her rap verses.  And with her lean towards introspection, which is something that only like 2 female rappers have really  done, she may be the breath of fresh air needed or at least a well rounded rapper who takes time to be human and not the flyest, baddest, illest or rawest. I think if she does her next album like a hybrid of both worlds, we may have the closest thing to another Miseducation…dare I say? Maybe I’m bias because I like Brandy, the singer alot. But I’m just saying, the void is freakin’ HUGE, and she has natural talent.

The Top 15 Female Rapper Fails

Well this is the big one.

So big apparently, that I had to take it there and raise the number from 10 to 15. There’s just that many fails in the world of female rap. Some slight missteps, some EPIC. Nevertheless, they are all worth mentioning. You can probably think of a bunch more, but this is what I have gathered picking up from my previous two lists.

The female rapper is an interesting breed. True enough, their presence alone is a stride for feminine empowerment, but sometimes that very presence can be a step back for the entire gender. Or at least that’s how it gets perceived by critics.

They fight for equality in terms of respect and sales, but the tactics they employ have become almost predictable after the last 2 decades. There’s a few categories you can squeeze the typical female rapper into…blame it on the pressure by themselves to prove that they can swing with the big boys, or coaching by their male backers that they need to be attention-grabbing, but it’s usually an over-exaggerated caricature of a tangent of their personality – if not an overall act completely! And being that since the 90’s, the dominant lure of hip-hop has been authenticity, you can see that those caricature-type personalities didn’t have too long of a shelf life.

The phenomenon, is when every blue moon or so, there comes that one woman who breaks the mold and can forge her entrance through an unprecedented angle. She manages to meld personality, believability, style and originality so seamlessly that her gender becomes a secondary issue in the face of her music. She doesn’t come across as try-hard and manages to escape falling into one of those pesky categories.

Of those categories, we’ve all seen them displayed; the over masculine, gangstress who neglects as many aspects of her femininity to the point where it’s non-existant, or the feminine gangster who puts in as much work as her thug counterparts, but has time to play men for money and stay fly. The all-I-care-about-is-my-lyrics-and-that’s-all-I-want-you-to-care-about, underground rapstress who rarely makes mention of anything remotely romantic or visually appealing in attempts to really get you to focus on her ability. The bohemian half/poet/half/rapper/half/singer with an abstract style. The Sex-pot who calls herself turning the tables and liberating herself through a personal form of sexploitation, usually accompanied by rhymes steeped in materialism.

All of the ladies in this list easily fall into one of these categories. And now I give you…

The Top 10 15 Female Rapper Fails

15. Nadanuf

This was Legendary hip-hop pioneer Kurtis Blow‘s foray into introducing new talent. I’m sure he thought he had the golden ticket by bringing us 2 chics remaking his classic “The Breaks” with a new millenium twist for the younger generation. Not Quite. I’m pretty sure NONE of you remember even hearing of these 2 in your lives. They even had a full length album

14. Hurricane G

While not quite a failure in the eyes of many who have heard or seen her on so many different rappers’ projects, including Diddy‘s “Public Enemy no.1” remake in ’99 (“Yo Puff! Kick that ol’ hydro ghetto shit!!”) she makes this list for 2 reasons;

1. She’s failed as a soloist, never garnering enough attention to even gain a major label contract, nor enough to become an underground mainstay

and

2. She’s pretty wack to be honest. The Sadat X of female hip-hop, her offbeat flow and super stretched out syllables were cute in the early to mid 90’s then you realized damn, that’s not really a style, that’s her delivery!

I actually like shorty because she’s so different. I had a slight crush on her and she pops up on a few of my favorite songs, but I’m sorry, being Eric Sermon‘s baby mama does not make you a rap legend.

13. Smooth

Another one who may not be seen as a failure because of her moderate success in the Adina Howard days of west-coast inspired hip-hop r&b, the female mac lasted about as long as the word “mac” did as far as popular slang. She was kind of a more sexual Yo-Yo, and she did have a flow. Matter of fact, she was kind of Niiice with it. And an overall bad chic.  Shoooot…I still play “Strawberries on top of me” on my freak mix when it’s called for.  She may have popped up on a few random Immature joints later on in the decade due to her brother Chris Stokes, but I’m pretty sure that being the sister of an alledged incestuous pedophile and industry lame doesn’t help your legacy.

12. The Real Roxanne

This chic’s alter ego was actually admittedly contrived after the infamous feud between true pioneer Roxanne Shante and U.T.F.O. Her whole existence was retaliatory – like an experiment. I’m pretty sure she had one or 2 songs out in the world (including the moderate buzz joint – “Bang Zoom..”) but ultimately, how wack of a career basis?

11. Gangsta Boo/La Chat

This is where you may seriously disagree with me.

I guess depending on what region you’re from, or how close to Orange Mound, Memphis Tennessee you are, you may look at these chics as stars.

True enough, they had their fame and were on famous joints, but they fail because that fame was never far beyond hood fame to begin with. It wasn’t exactly national. Then to make matters worse, they lost that fame so easily and played themselves in the process.

Now I could clown her on her name alone, but Gangsta Boo surprisingly had some of the better verses on 3 6 Mafia joints. She used to spit for real on their faster flowing cuts and for some time, she was the star attraction of the group. But somewhere down the line with the business dealings, something went wrong with the click, both personally and financially. Go figure…

She retired from rap, re-emerged and went through some kind of life change after that and changed her name to Lady Boo, making an attempt to clean up her image. This proved frivolous, as she came right back on some Mase shit and returned to form as Gangsta boo. A little too late tho. So far the music has fallen upon deaf ears

I’ve heard that La Chat actually gets more respect than Gangsta Boo, but that didn’t stop her from getting dropped from the 3 6 Helmed Hypnotize Minds camp and having to fend for herself. She broods about it on the low-budget video cut, “Use what You Got”

10. Lady May

Quite possibly the Prettiest Female Rapper ever, I was really waiting to see what she was going to do. She was the lead artist off of what was going to be then super-producer D-Dot Angelettie‘s camp, also including his alter ego, The Madd Rapper. She had a good balance of things, and her lead single was pretty dope, as well as the video (how ironic that it features Blu Cantrell, an r&b fail?). But I guess it takes more than a pretty face…

9. Stringz (A.K.A. Tateeze)

Rumor has it that she’s a former stripper, which would explain her frame, but I remember this chic from a little song called “Gotham City Remix” by R.Kelly off of the Batman & Robin Soundtrack. Then she returned with an answer to Sisqo‘s “Thong Song” called the “Tongue Song”. Yikes! I don’t know if that was big in the Chi, but YOU probably only remember her as Birdman‘s arm candy. She was slated as a Cash Money Records Artist back in the post-Juve days at the label, when Wayne first began making a name for himself, but I guess that comes with boning the boss huh?

8. Deadly venoms

I mean…Rap chics affiliated with Wu-Tang?? It was bound to happen, and maybe it would’ve worked if they would have been put together earlier in the 90’s when the Wu could do no wrong as opposed to the turn of the century, but there was never a real chance at commercial appeal here. That’s a lot of underground hip-hop money to split 5 ways. They weren’t exactly The Roots you know. What I will say tho, is that the variety within the group was their best attribute. Each chic had their own presence and style. They probably only wanted underground respect to begin with now that I think of it. The ranks were noteworthy. Not only did I kind of like the Kung-Fu theme of the venoms, but I liked that N-Tyce was a member. I used to see her ads in the magazines and she had a video or 2 back in the day, but I was glad she had another chance and another vehicle to do her thing. The same goes for members Finesse and Synquis, who were founders along with Lin Que. No matter how I feel about an artist, I do love a good comeback story. Lin Que and Synquis left the group early, so by the time they released videos, there were only 4 venoms, which scaled down to 3. Their first album was never actually released and they went on to try one mo’ gain – but ehh…They tried, despite the heavy dyke-ish aura that probably stigmatized them.

7. Gloria Velez

Why Does she rap??? She may be a Murda Mami, but can we take her seriously after having champagne spilled down her fake boobs in the “Big Pimpin” video? Speaking of which, here’s a clip of her dissing Nicki Minaj. This is beyond ironic!

6. B.W.P. (Bytchez Wit Problemz) & H.W.A. (Hoez Wit Attitudes)

The 2  groups who’s purpose was to revolutionize the game by capitalizing off of the ethos glamorized by rap rebels and envelope pushers, N.W.A. and 2 Live Crew. This acronym laden trio was designed to get a rise out of people by being as explicit as possible. They employed shock value under the guise of female empowerment, but were such obvious pawns, complete with a look straight out of Regina King‘s closet from her John Singleton Movie days. Nice Try B.Y.T.C.H.E.Z

H.W.A.

Designed to get another kind of rise out of people, the group that Eazy E fostered, Hoez With Attitudes, never stood a chance. If the name didn’t do them in alone, the EP covers (yes, EP, not even album) and titles like Az Much Ass Azz U Want should be a big enough nail in the coffin. These are probably somebody’s mama right now. Good Job!

5. Boss

In a way, she’s a pioneer. One of the few brave enough to go it alone as a soloist in a barren field for female rappers, Boss was responsible for Russell Simmons opening up a left coast wing of his label and forming Def Jam West. She was setting up the Blueprint for Da Brat and making headway until her Over-the-top, super gangster with the sunglasses and bandana routine got murdered by her revelation of being from a middle-class suburban background and having private school education. You hear that Shawnna??!

4. Sole

Ever heard the saying that women are better seen than heard? Sorry, but we like seeing you at award shows with Ginuwine more than we like your songs. Nice album cover tho. At least you knew when to call it quits

3. Amil

Do I even need to say anything?

2. Khia

Why?

I don’t know what voodoo she had to pull out to get on a Janet Jackson single, but besides her ghetto fabulous and gag-worthy one hit wonder, “My Neck, My Back”, that’s her biggest claim to fame. Not to mention the beef that’s she’s gotten herself into with almost every florida based female rapper (Who inevitably aren’t that much better than her). But here she keeps going, digging the hole a little deeper with every move.

1. Vita

Damn shorty. How long did she stay on Murder Inc.?? When did the album drop? Oh yeah, never! That may have been her fault, or Irv‘s fault. Maybe she didn’t pull an Ashanti and do the boss, but anybody can look and see that it’s kinda grimey to be one of the first artists on a label and have to sit and watch  newer signees get more light. I guess Charli‘s arrival was the straw that broke the Camel’s back. I mean Charli is nicer, and she had a better shot at commercial appeal. Vita never really had a memorable presence on the mic. She was clearly from the same school of delivery as Papoose and Young Memphis Bleek (you know, the school of yelling your verses?), and wasn’t a lyrical giant if you dig me. But she should’ve at least had an album see the light of day so it could be up to the public. Who knows? Maybe some of that Murder Inc. Golden touch would’ve carried her to a hit single with Ashanti or something. We’ll never know now will we? I ‘m supposing this is what happens when you start your career off on your knees, under a steering wheel (*See Belly*).

The Top 10 Forgotten Female Rappers

A month ago, my homie Starrene posted “10 Female Rappers who aren’t Nicki Minaj”,  http://www.thebvx.com/2010/04/08/10-female-rappers-who-arent-nicki-minaj/

I decided to answer that with a 3 part list;

The Top 10 Female Rapper Fails

The Top 10 Female Rapper False Starts

The Top 10 Forgotten Female Rappers

And I’ll end it with my vote for the Real Hope for Female Rappers Let’s start with what you really came here in the first place to see;

The Top 10 Forgotten Female Rappers

10. Finesse & Synquis

This duo from Queens, was slated to be Uptown Records’ answer to Salt-N-Pepa. Backed by Andre Harrell

9. Conscious Daughters

This West coast duo contradicted their names in almost every bar, but they were spitters  for their era if I must say

8. MC Trouble

Very forgotten, but I remember this video and her steez vividly. One of our first fallen Rappers, she passed after an epileptic fit.

7. Antoinette

Probably mostly overlooked because MC Lyte ended her career early, but she goes in as well. Peep her subliminals in this vid.

6. Da 5 Footaz

They were primed to be Warren G’s lead group at the height of the G funk era. They made an appearance in the classic rap documentary, The Show. When it all came down, even Warren’s other group, the Twinz, got a better single tho. But I really was waiting for them after hearing this joint off of the Set It Off soundtrack.

5. Lin Que (A.K.A. Isis of X-Clan)

I gotta put videos from both of her incarnations, because the contrast is ridiculous. Lyte loved her…maybe literally. But give it up for women writing their own shit!

4. Sweet Tea (A.K.A. Suga)

Lyte scarred her career a little too, but she still made 2 of my favorite songs by a female rapper ever. Like to hear ’em? Here they go…

3. Nikki D

The original Nikki, Def Jam’s first Lady of Hardcore blew up with “Daddy’s Little Girl”, but she had a knack for spitting, catchy street consciousness. Plus I met her when I was young. Nice.

2. Queen Pen

Although they still play her song at every Party, cause a “Party ain’t a party til it’s ran all through“, Nobody ever seems to acknowledge that it’s her song and not Mr. Cheeks’. Apparently, she’s been involved with more drama and rappers than hit music, but speaking of which… remember this single that Jay-Z wrote for her back in ’97? Yeah, he used to tap that too (I think he actually wrote it in a way where she was talking about their experience waaaaay back when).

1. Lady Of Rage

Just Listen, and see why she’s Number one, because it’s a shame that such raw skill couldn’t get a fair vehicle. At least Primo and Snoop saw the potential and tried to push her. Rock on with your bad self!

GangStarrGirl has 10-Teen Jobs!!! (PT.2)

Continuing in the spirit of last week’s post about Starr freelancing and doing the VIBE.com thing,

as only a true hip-hop feminist can, she hits you with some news about 2 Female rap luminaries, Jacki-O and Remy Ma and what’s going on with them. Apparently Jacki-O has had a writing career…Who knew?? Starr did….

Follow the links

http://vibe.com/posts/jacki-o-says-congrats-nicki-minaj-talks-second-book

http://vibe.com/posts/papoose-has-great-news-about-wife-remy-mas-appeal

She also does me a HUGE favor by interviewing Ms. Brittany Street, a rapper that I put her on to and year and a half ago, and one of my favorite Female artists on the come up!! You can check that out on Reenie’s very own site, GangStarrGirl.com

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