Welcome to the sista hood: how women fought back and conquered rap
If the 1990s saw women carve out room to shine, the 2000s saw them pushed aside, but not any more
Long stereotyped as a boys’ club, not least for its braggadocious lyrics and objectification of women, the rap world has seen a bevy of female stars reclaim their space.
Over the past decade, diverse talent has climbed up hip-hop’s ranks, as women shun old ideas about what makes their acts marketable and the internet opens new avenues to stardom.
Women were prominent players in rap’s formative years – the fierce list includes Salt-N-Pepa, MC Lyte, Foxy Brown, Lil’ Kim, Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliott and Queen Latifah – and set the stage for future generations, leaving indelible marks on hip-hop’s DNA...