Ladies First: Female MCs Get Their Own Documentary
Name your favorite female rapper. Not singer, not R&B star, but rapper. Now name five current ones. Hard, right?
BET will be showcasing female emcees in the network’s first-ever original music documentary, “My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women In Hip-Hop” tonight. During the hour-long special, emcees like [lastfm]Eve[/lastfm], [lastfm]Missy Elliott[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Salt-N-Pepa[/lastfm] will dish about when they started, how they got on, and wonder: What happened?
There have been times in hip-hop history where female emcees were some of the biggest names around. Whether it was [lastfm]Salt-N-Pepa[/lastfm] and [lastfm]MC Lyte[/lastfm], or [lastfm]Lauryn Hill[/lastfm], or [lastfm]Eve[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Missy Elliott[/lastfm], women could be heard all over the airwaves as more than girls singing hooks for men.
“Females in hip-hop made a big mistake by becoming Robin to Batman when they fought to be Batman,” says [lastfm]Roxanne Shante[/lastfm], one of the first female emcees and one of the most skilled. “There’s absolutely still a place for female MCs. But now it seems like it’s being built on lipstick and eye shadow, which can be washed away. We have to go back to the talent and skills, how it was originally built.”
Here’s the trailer for the documentary:
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