BET’s Documentary on Women in Hip-Hop seemed like a long – awaited conversation that finally came into fruition. It touched on a topic that I think most women in hip-hop are questioning: What happened to all the female emcees? Although the actual number of female emcees aren’t exactly extinct, the culture that once supported them seems to be.
It seems that during the 90s female emcees were made, discovered and shaped — or essentially emerged out of a supply and demand factor; i.e. Lauryn Hill vs. the Lil Kim type. Now that Nicki Minaj has made her imprint on hip-hop, will this start a new trend of female emcees that will supply our culture or must we first demand more?
Upon my own investigation and support to bring these emcees to light and to answer the question, where have all the female emcees gone, I have also conducted the following interviews with some females emcees and to get their thoughts on hip-hop, their stance on music and future of hip-hop.
Thanks BET, you’ve been able to keep conversations going – hopefully this new generation of female emcees will emerge.
NICKI MINAJ INTERVIEW: