I Used to Love Her: The De-Evolution of the Female Emcee (Part 2)

Part 2: All Hail the Queens In the late 1980s, a single brazen female changed the entire game. MC Lyte, the first solo female rapper to release a full album, introduced a sound as smooth as cappuccino, with hardcore lyrics that raised the bar for every serious rapper who wanted to stay in or join […]

I Used to Love Her: The De-Evolution of the Female Emcee (Part 1)

“You just don’t like her because you’re old”, is what the 14 year-old told me as we were debating the quality of Nicki Minaj’s music. Me? Old? I can still beat-box, pop-lock and recite every line of The Message, Sucka MCs, and Paper Thin. So maybe I am old, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong. […]