We’ve come far from the days of Queen Latifah and Monie Love’s feminist anthem ‘Ladies First’. Yes indeed we’ve had an interesting journey with the femcees from the golden age of hip hop to our modern hip hop dance acts such as Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks.
Queen Latifah FT Monie Love- Ladies First
The journey has seen female rappers represent to the fullest and prove that they deserve the same opportunity as their male counterparts from Da Brat to Rah Digga, and Eve to Remy Ma dropping those hard lyrics in our ears.
Eve- Who’s That Girl
But some femcees did not only prove the can spit hard on the mic but also used their sexuality to stand out from their fellow male counterparts or at times male group members. None more so than Brooklyn’s first lady the queen bee herself Lil Kim, Not only did she hold her own amongst her fellow group members Junior Mafia but as a solo artist Lil Kim is the only artist besides Missy Elliott to have at least three platinum albums. Fully representing for the ladies lil kim teamed up with fellow female hip hop artists Missy Elliott Da Brat, Lisa ‘left eye’ Lopes and Angie Martinez to give us another ladies anthem ‘Ladies night’.
Lil Kim, Missy Elliott, Da Brat, Lisa ‘Left Eye’Lopes & Angie Martinez – Ladies Night
We also had another one of Brooklyn’s don diva Foxy Brown repping for the ladies along the way. But it was ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ that truly educated us and gained respect both by female and males alike. Lauryn Hill showed and proved with her mainstream success that as a femcee your talent alone can take you to the highest of heights. No gimmicks, no cursing or nudity to be able to reach out to your audience.
Lauryn Hill – Ex-Factor
Look Out for Part 2 Of Femcee Phenomenon!