Women in Hip Hop

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“Woman in Hip-Hop”

Although hip-hop generally contains male emcees, there has been a plethora of female emcees in the earlier hip-hop days that have made a positive impact on the hip-hop community and the culture itself. Hip-Hop started in 1970 by DJ Kool Herc, but it wasn’t until 1979 that the first female emcee emerged. Her name was Wendy Clark A.K.A “Lady B”. She began spinning hip-hop records on WHAT 1340 AM in Philadelphia. She expanded hip-hop outside of New York to Philadelphia. Later that year, she also became one of hip-hop's first female artists when she released the song titled, "To the Beat Y'all. In 1984, Lady B moved to Philadelphia's Power 99 FM and started the legendary program, "The Street Beat," the program ran until 1989. She is now broadcasting for Sirius Satellite Radio in New York City, and WRNB 100.3 in Philadelphia. She is known to host the best parties in Philadelphia. (Williams, Stereo)

In 1984, U.T.F.O.; who were the backup dancers for Whodini, released "Roxanne, Roxanne." It went on to become one of the most popular rap songs of all-time and created more than two dozen response songs, most notably, "Roxanne's Revenge" by 13-year-old Roxanne Shante. Shante began her career at the age of 14 via her rap hit, “Roxanne, Roxanne”. Her version “Roxanne's Revenge” was a massive hit, which sold over a quarter of a million copies in the New York area alone, and had a lot of response records. U.T.F.O. sued her for using their B-side as the rhythm track. Shante was still only 14 years old, and forced to stay away from school because of all the attention she had been receiving. Her singles “Have a Nice Day” and “Go on Girl”, produced by Marley Marl, with lyrics written by Big Daddy Kane, earned her respect throughout the hip-hop community. (Roxanne Shante Biography) Cheryl "Salt" James and Sandy "Pepa" Denton were working at a Sears store in Queens, New York, when their co-worker, and Salt's boyfriend, Hurby Azor asked them to rap on...
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