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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 the rap game- male or female- without any costume changes.

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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. This heated debate was sparked after said 14 year-old spent her King Holiday downloading Nicki Minaj’s music to my network, eventually crashing my computer. Furious, I told my niece that I would have gladly purchased the CD for her, to which she arrogantly replied, “she doesn’t do CDs, just mixtapes”. Maybe it is because I am “old”, but I cram to understand how any artist has this cult following without even attempting to produce a full album, or even a solo song (at the time of debate). I decided to listen to this “cutting edge musician” but after only a few lines, I was quite honestly mortified, for many reasons. Having grown up listening to MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Salt-n-Pepa and other females during Hip Hop’s Glory Days, I did not realize that the respected rap queen du jour had fallen to such depths of novelty lyrics and sexploitation. My next questions were HOW, WHEN and WHY did this happen.

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Drack Muse: Hip-Hop with Honey Collective

Last week I had the opportunity to relive the essence of my adolescence at Honey Collective’s 2nd Anniversary event at the Vanguard in Hollywood. I came out just to support my homegirls DJ Eque and DJ Rashida and ended up with performances by Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, MC Lyte, DJ Quik and a superb DJ set by D-Nice all on one stage. Hennessey made the night extra official and contributed to me acting my shoe size and not my age. Special shout to MC Lyte and my girl Yasmine at MTV who I blinded with the aura of my chain. Enjoy the pics below!

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