Monday, January 03, 2005
Salt-N-Pepa (circa 2000) Courtesy http://www.inmusic2000.de/saltnpepa.jpg
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.