...Women in the world of hip-hop music and culture have long struggled with marginalization, misogyny, objectification and abuse. Hyper-masculinity in much successful hip-hop creates an atmosphere where it is hard for independent female voices that don't cater to or imitate their male counterparts to break through and gain success. With that said, there remains a rich history of women rapping and helping push the music and culture forward, often providing new perspectives, ideas and themes.
Above is a selection of some of my favorite female rappers, spanning from contemporary to golden age to old skool. Yes, I have left out some legendary artists and tracks, but I wanted to be concise. Sorry, no Missy, Eve, Kim, Rage, etc....maybe in Vol. II. This playlist runs in reverse chronology (new to old), beginning with Londoner Little Simz (who just dropped a new album) and working our way to such legends as MC Lyte and Queen Latifah. Nod your head and enjoy.