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Missy will always hold a special place in my heart. She took the Hip Hop world by storm, making an entrance no MC, and especially no female MC had seen before. Missy’s debut album Supa Dupa Fly was one of the first Hip Hop albums my father bought for my sister and I for Christmas and my life was forever changed because of it. Missy was brazen, insanely creative and even a little or a lotta bit raunchy at times, a well-rounded, very real woman. Even as a fifth grader, I could relate to her. Anyone who’s listened to Missy over the years has noticed that her lyrics are often hilarious, risque and sometimes just downright outrageous. We grabbed a few of our favorites here. Check them out and feel free to add your favorites in the comments section below.
Nowadays, it’s hard to get a group of female rappers in the same room…
Last night, Lil Kim kicked off the ‘Return of The Queen’ tour at Paradise theater in the Bronx and it was all love as rap veterans like Pepa (of Salt & Pepa) EVE and Missy Elliot came out to support as well as Mob Wives’ star Drita, Love & Hip Hop’s Somaya Reece and a very pregnant Yandy Smith.
The show kicked off with Lil Kim performing ‘Black Friday’ before she went into a few crowd favorites from ‘Hardcore’, ‘The Notorious K.I.M’, ‘The Naked Truth’ and ‘La Bella Mafia’. Eventually, the beat for Missy Elliott’s ‘Hot Boys’ dropped and the crowd went crazy as Eve and Missy Elliott hit the stage to perform their verses. Eve also stuck around and rocked the crowd to ‘What y’all want’.
Mob Wives’ Drita D’Vanzo also appeared on stage with Lil Kim to perform, ‘It’s All About The Benjamins’. Lil Kim had spotted Drita in a few youtube videos covering her songs at parties and she reached out to her and asked her to host the show and perform.
Hopefully this is a step towards something way bigger. A song, a video..a Ladies Night Part 2. The fans are ready..
Check out pics of the reunion and a video of the performance at NecoleBitchie.com.
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Just days before Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded was released, noted music writer Jon Caramanica wrote an op-ed in The New York Times calling Nicki Minaj “the most influential female rapper of all time.” Sparking discussion, many took to social networks to voice their disagreement. Why? Because in making the all-encompassing statement, he discredited legends such as Salt-n-Pepa, Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott, MC Lyte and the slew of other female MCs that not only paved the way, but are still influential today.
It’s no secret. Within the world of hip-hop, rappers gain power and influence by dissing or boasting their individual appeal. But let’s be honest… nothing under the sun is new, so while Minaj is extreme in popularity, sound, look and influence there are a number of new stars who could possibly outbox the hip-hop heavyweight. Madame Noire believes that championship belt is still up for grabs, so we’re showcasing the best lyrical pugilists in the game—tale of the tape style:
So a snippet of Lil’ Kim’s new song dropped yesterday and well, let’s just move on…
Between the Drake-esque flows and the auto tuning, an interesting and heated discussion not around the song but Lil’ Kim herself emerged with some friends of mine, who questioned if Lil’
Kim was just too old to make a comeback.
And by old, I’m not talking about played out, to which I would agree to a certain extent. At some point, any rapper over the age of 30 still trying to play the role of a 21-year old girl, chasing after trends and dressing like he/she just stepped out of a high school, needs to probably go sit down somewhere. However, my male and female friends, believed that Lil’ Kim, who is around 36 years of age, is just too damn old period to rock the mic. “No one wants to listen to some old lady rap. It’s just not cute,” said one friend.
Wow. I find this idea of being too old to rap interesting considering that Jay-Z is not to far off from qualifying for an AARP membership himself and still continues to churn out music and play to sell-out audiences. I brought this point up to my friends but they weren’t hearing it. One of them remarked: “Listen, I know you don’t like to hear this but the lifespan of a female rapper is much shorter. No one wants to listen to a female rapper spittin’ about how Hot they are when they are 40. Deal wit it. Jay-Z is like a box of cereal with a long shelf life that you can eat at anytime and it still taste good, Lil’ Kim is like the gallon of milk. You got to hurry up and drink it or it goes bad.”
First off, I resented my friend’s summation of the role of women in hip-hop. Secondly, Lil’ Kim is 36, which is two years old than me. If as a woman listener, I can still bangs to hip-hop music than why can’t a woman rapper of a more mature age still be able to bust a rhyme or two and still be lyrically viable?
But I must admit that my friends did have a point – it is rare to see a woman MC past a certain age in the game. Queen Latifah, who was commanding us to put Ladies First in the industry, has abandoned the mic in favor of movies. Mc Lyte, who told us not to be Paper Thin, is still around but only as a guest host on award shows. Lady of Rage, well she was still rocking rough and stuff with her Afro Puffs on the BET cypher but ain’t no one calling her to spit verses on an album.
Matter of fact, most female emcees never seem to go past an album or two before being banished to the Def Jam early-retirement plan. And even the talk show Queen of Mean Wendy Williams seems to agree, when earlier this year she said, “for whatever reason, old lady rappers don’t work as well as old lady rockers.”