Women have been involved in hip-hop since it’s very inception. Before rap music entered the world of the record business, there were female deejays, breakdancers, writers, and emcees doing their thing.
The infamous first event in hip-hop history at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue was completely organized by a lady. The first rap record that most of us ever heard was also spearheaded by a woman.
The first regularly scheduled radio program was made popular because of the first female deejay.
The first rap group to appear on national television had a female member at the forefront.
Yet for some strange reason, female voices have been overshadowed in hip-hop. It’s become a male-dominated art form. And as such, we are missing an important voice. We are missing hip-hop’s better half.
Chase March takes an hour to explore all of the important moments in hip-hop where women were at the forefront in this hour-long edition of Know Your History.
Here are some of important women in hip-hop we look at in this hour of radio – Sybil Herrold, Cindy Campbell, Sylvia Robinson, The Mercedes Ladies, Lady B, Sha Rock, Roxanne Shante, Michie Mee, Salt N Pepa, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Monie Love, Da Brat, Missy Elliot, and Lauryn Hill.
This special radio documentary was part of DOPEfm’s 3rd Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular. We dedicate our entire overnight’s programming to hip-hop’s better half every year to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Next week, we have a special guest mixset from a female deejay as we continue to celebrate female voices in this culture. And the following week, we pick up where we left off in this hour’s history lesson with a second hour.
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