Where Are They Now? 9 Of Our Favorite Female Rappers From Back In the Day

May 25, 2012 ‐ By

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Heather B

While a great deal of people know Heather B strictly from her time in the Real World house during its inaugural season, many others know her for her rap career and rolling with Boogie Down Productions for a while. She released her first album, Takin’ Mine, in 1996 with the singles “All Glocks Down,” and “If Headz Only Knew.” She would later release the single “Do You” and drop the album Eternal Affairs in 2002. While critically approved, it didn’t chart. Last time we checked, Heather B., aka Heather B. Gardner, was working with DJ Premier on an album called Open Bar that still hasn’t been released, and she owns a business or two in Manhattan these days. If you keep up with the rap group The Bravehearts, then you probably know that she is married to the member “Horse.”

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  • DivaMimi

    Nikki D! What is SHE doing these days? I loved her music!

  • DivaMimi

    Bahamadia, Nonchalant, Isis from X-Clan, Sweet Tee

  • fukyalist

    Every list of female mc’s needs to include Bahamadia. She was dope and had serious flow. Get the damn list right

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    Damn I’m in my mid 20s and have only heard of two of these rappers. Guess I’m not as old as I thought I was!

  • Mia

    Mia X, Lauryn Hill (rapping), Eve, Missy Elliott, and Foxy Brown

  • Ms.Blue

    JJ Fad looks like someone’s great grandmamas! Whew they look a mess!

    • Ms Blue i said the same thing time was not on their side and they were some nice looking girls.

  • Tony Dorman

    Monie Love is STILL cute!  Wow.

  • bigdawgman

    Dang Monie, I did not know you had it going like THAT!!!  Damn you fine!!

  • customcalendars4u2

    Yo,Yo Ice Cubes main jump off from back in the day maybe if she had been willing to talk about their relationship he would have done more for her career….

  • MNEditor2

    Actually, she didn’t: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/hey_wait_a_minute/2009/09/roxannes_nonexistent_revenge.html
    Instead of trying to bring it up and make her look bad about the lie–she admitted she doesn’t have a P.h.D–we just thought we’d leave it alone and highlight what else she’s got going on. So you need to calm down with all the caps…

    • Geniadaydream

      I watched Beef if I’m not mistaken she did an interview in Beef 2 and said that she went to Cornell medical earned a PhD and Warner paid the bill but in the Article she said the Daily News made the mistake she flat out lied because she was the one on camera who said it and she tried to put it off on someone else after the fact

      • TX2Hi

         @9956e8a9b596bca924db0bac9495aca6:disqus  That is what I heard also. However if it was not truth then i understand.

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  • TX2Hi

    SHAME ON THIS STUPID A** SITE. ROXANNE IS NOW A PHD! She is a psychologist. Imagine a black site not even giving her recognition.

  • Anjiemaree

    Please do a part 2 to this list!! Thanks in advance 🙂

  • D.

    Where is Rah Digga from Flip Mode Squad?

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  • IllyPhilly

    Bahamadia, Queen Pen, Amil, Mia X Those ladies actually ran with top class (in most folks eyes) rappers. 

  •  The world will change for the better when people
    decide they are sick and tired of being sick and tired of the way the
    world is, and decide to change themselves.

  • Spillme

    Where is Ms. Melody

    • Rabakira

      I was thinkin the same…

  • Gogomojo

    time was good to mc lyte. 

  • Earthspirit1

    The female m.c.’s of the 80’s-90’s era brought it! It was all about girl power!!! Yes they had some girls who were a little wreck-less and used profanity in their lyrics time to time but NOTHING like today’s so-called female hip-hop artist(s).
    The lyrics empowered women and talked/rapped about social issues of the time.

    1. MC Lyte’s “Poor Georgie” “Cappuccino”
     2. Queen Latifah – “Ladies First”
     3. Monie Love – “It’s A Shame”
     4. Salt-N-Pepa “Independent” “Let’s Talk  About Sex”
     5. Roxanne Shante – “Independent Woman”
    and the list goes on. I applaud these sistahs for repping the females at a time when it was HARD to prove you were just as good if not BETTER than their male counterparts. *smh* 🙁

    Sidenote: I wonder whatever happened to Antoinette, The Real Roxanne (the first Female Latin rapper, though Elise Jacks was coined the ORIGINAL Roxanne) Sparky-D (I read she was into ministry) and N-Tyce.

    • Earthspirit1

       oh and Finesse and Synquis.

    • Guest

      I read that Antoinette is now with the NYPD. Wow, what a career change.

      She was pretty back in the day.

  • Chanda

    Missing from this list: Antoinette, BOSS, Oaktown 357, Tairrie B., Ms. Melodie, Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Neneh Cherry, Sha Rock, and Rah Diggah. I guess you can’t save ’em all. It’s funny ’cause last night I was on Wiki looking up female rappers but they only mention but so much.

    • Chanda

      L.A Star, Silk times Leather, Sweet Tea, BWP, Nikki D. okay I’ll stop. There were a plethora of female rappers duing the 80s and 90s though

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  • Yhy

    female rap paved the way for the degrading and disrespect towards black women globally…. lil kim and foxy brown put the icing on the cake with there rachetness…i dont support any music with disrespect toward females or children period…some of the women on this list were cool…but most of these chicks thought they were being one of the boys by acting and talking reckless about themselves and including all of us in the equation…but now the joke is on us because now society looks at us as trash and nothing to be respected because these chicks called themselves the b-word and rapped about behaving like nymphos…thank female rappers  for that movement it made it easier for black male rappers to feel less guilty about how they portray us to the masses….and when you really think about female rappers most of these chicks don’t even get married or fined a nice guy to stick around…you know why? girls who talk and behave rachet or dress and behave like men or wear nothing at all (lil kim foxy brown, nicki) never get rings….they get used sexually by industry dude, and become single mothers….thank you ladies for paving the way!! we love you!!(sarcasm)

    • Yhy

      and its so true how being single mothers and being used sexually is what happens to alot of black women…music really does have power….dont support rap ladies

    • Chanda

      And don’t forget there was a group out called B*tches With Problems aka BWP. Yeah there were some hoodrat rappers that have come and gone over the years. In the back of my mind I’ve felt the same way you have about certain female rappers. Trying to be one of the boys and outdoing their male counterparts. There’s some cool ones out there that I love and respect and I don’t even mind when they get sexual at times but some of them overdue it. The few that do get married leave the rap game altogether. Salt is probably the only one I can think of that married her childrens’ father and breifly Pepa with Treach. A lot of these ladies I feel deep down are good people but their music may have ruined their reputations as well as ours. Maybe this is why many of their careers don’t last as long. There comes a time when you have to grow up and hang it up. Some of them are probably embarrassed looking back.

    • Deja

      For each female rapper listed there are how many male rappers?  I don’t listen to rap anymore, but rap doesn’t define us just because we are black.  It’s a form of entertainment and anyone who takes it for more than that is a fool.  

      • Yhy

        american rap music is glorified all over the globe…so yes it does define us when you see chicks that look like us dancing in rap videos and being called w***es…you can ignore it if you want but that genres plays a big role in how our young women think about themselves…i dont see britney spears look a likes dancing in these rap videos i see women of color

        • Chanda

          “i dont see britney spears look a likes dancing in these rap videos i see women of color ”
          yes you do. the token white girl. might see a few.

    • Oh,please—the negative images of black women have been put out there since slavery times—-to blame rap for all of that is short-sighted and ridiculous. Half the time brothers dominated the rap game mainly because a lot of them were young and insecure and didn’t want to compete with women rappers on their own turf, that’s all. I’m all for women expressing themselves thru rap, but there’s no need to be nasty and explicit all the time–that goes for the men too, who were even worse when it came to explicit, nasty hateful, sometimes sexist rhymes. You can’t blame the downturn of rap all on women rappers—-the men also contributed to it by bringing in gangster rap,which really started rap’s downfall. Plus not ALL the women rappers were making explicit songs like Lil’ Kim,or trying to be like the boys–they just wanted to RAP, period. Male rappers were putting out dirty songs about women LONG before female rappers fully jumped into the rapping game.

      I’ve wondered why the hell there aren’t any more female rappers like there used to be—it seems that a female rapper nowadays only gets attention if she dresses in outlandish outfits a la Nikki Minaj (actually like her everchanging outfits,they’re pretty creative). If’s like they all just up and disappeared. Bring ’em the heck back—I’m tired of all these male rappers hogging the airwaves!

  • UK lady

    What about Salt n Pepa?

    • Guest

      They were the best. I even had a crush on all three of them (but not at the same time).

  • Moonstar

    What happend to Smooth.? She was my fave.

    • Caydence James

       Oh yeah! they definitely needed to include Smooth….I mean, really? They could have replaced J.J. Fad with her and did us ALL a favor! LOL!

    • @msredbonebrite

      I know Smooth is Chris Stokes (B2K’s manager) sister… I loved her song “One & Only” that was on the New Jersey Drive soundtrack!! & of course, everybody’s cut was “Strawberries”!

    • Louis Concepcion

      I think she died if I’m not mistaken

  • Ifuaskme2

    Save for Lyte (who looks the best by the way) they are not missed. Their lyrics for the most part (Lyte included) did nothing to uplift women and may have helped entrench the views of men to this day.

    • Playbaby4

      Actually I was a teenager back in the day, and they all repped for women.  When you heard a female flowing it meant something because she was holding her own plus she was representing for us.  

  • @msredbonebrite

    Love Roxanne Shante!! The fact that she was a teenage mother who went on to college AND got her doctorate is AWESOME! Plus, I saw an interview she did some time last year and she revealed that she was a breast cancer survivor!! She rocks!!

    • Tisha

      Great info! and she’s a Bama Girl!

    • CC

      The whole going to college and getting her Doctorate thing was a lie….Don’t believe it, Google it.

      • Chanda

        Say word? She was even on a hip hop special talking about how the record label payed for her education. And she would lie about that, why? This I gotta see.

        • Erica

          Yeah, she definitely did lie. I remember reading that all she got was an associates, which she paid for herself. 


    • Asia

      Yeah the whole thing about Warner paying for her college education was a lie! She didn’t even receive a bachelor’s degree let alone a doctorate. And IF she is a breast cancer survivor then that is great, but I’m sure she lied about that too in order to gain sympathy because people aren’t willing to believe anything that comes out of her mouth.

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    DJ Quik*

    • Baddvixentype

      the question is WOMEN…

      • MNEditor2

         There was an error in DJ Quik’s name, that’s what that individual was trying to say. It has been fixed by the way. Thanks!