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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

AFP

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...

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