“I am the Lyte.”
“Why’d you have to make a record about me? The R O X A N N E.”
Memorable lines from some of the GOATs. And yes, they’re lines from female MCs.
Like nearly everything in life, Rap is co-ed. From the beginning, women have been among the worlds most innovative MCs. They have the ability to offer fresh perspectives to a field often dominated by men. However, rarely, in the debates surrounding the greatest MCs in Hip-Hop history do women get their just due. In fact, they are left out of the discussion so regularly it seems systematic.
Out of a field that included Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Missy Elliott, Foxy Brown, Lil Kim, Nicky Minaj, Jean Grae, The Lady of Rage, Rah Digga, Salt and Pepa, only one woman advanced to Round 2 in our Finding The GOAT competition. Given the disproportionate amount of men to women, some discrepancies could be expected but for 1 to advance out of 12 in a field of 200? The numbers didnt add up. Rather, it seemed like there was something deeper at play.
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