Monday, January 03, 2005

where my ladies at?

Salt-N-Pepa (circa 2000) Courtesy

Roxanne Shante, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, Sister Souljah, Salt-N-Pepa, Neneh Cherry, Oaktown's 357. Back in the '80s and early '90s, females rapping was almost as prominent as males. These days, hip-hop has slowly but surely become almost totally a man's world, save for the occasional flash of skin and verse from Eve, Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown.

It's a far cry from 1999, when Lauryn Hill became the first woman -- not to mention the first female MC -- to take home five Grammys, including one for album of the year for her solo debut, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."

This year, only Remy Martin's been nominated for a Grammy as part of a rap group, Boricua rapper Fat Joe's Terror Squad, the posse behind last summer's hit "Lean Back." One lone female surfing a sea of testosterone.

What happened? There are several opinions. Read here to find out.


  1. Lauren Hill. Do you think she will ever make it back from whatever land it is she is living in now.

    I miss her voice.

    The only thing that came close for me was Amy Winehouse. Ever hear her 1st CD "Frank?"

  2. It's hard to say if Lauryn will ever come back. if she does it'll be on a much smaller scale. She couldn't top her solo debut.

    I'm not into Amy Winehouse, but I haven't heard much of her work.