Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott Among Select Female Hip-Hop Artists (In Continually Male Dominated Genre) To Be Honored by VH1

Posted by Billyjam, July 10, 2016 02:20pm | Post a Comment

In advance of tomorrow's (July 11, 2016) broadcast of VH1's Hip Hop Honors ceremony, honoree Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott discusses in the above preview clip how she figures she personally influenced hip-hop music. The artist, whose 1997 album Supa Dupa Fly is a classic of the genre, will be among several women honored in tomorrow evening's broadcast (9pm on the East and West Coasts and 8pm Centra) that will  be a welcome tribute to women in hip-hop. The  program will also celebrate the respective careers of fellow female hip-hop icons Lil' Kim, Queen Latifah and Salt-N-Pepa featuring DJ Spinderella. The music videos for each of these artists, that appear below, showcase their spectacular respective individual talents. They also remind us, despite the achievements of female artists such as the multi-talented rapper/producer Elliot who has sold 30 million records to date, that women artists, decade after decade, continue to remain a minority within the male dominated hip-hop music industry. I have addressed the topic here before in previous articles such as one in Marcconscious daughtersh 2009 with the heading Why Is Ratio of Female to Male Rappers Still So Uneven?  In that piece former Tommy Boy Records president Monica Lynch, who signed Queen Latifah back in the late 80's and continued to work with the artist after long after both had left the label, offered that, "When you look at rap as a subset of the hip-hop culture at large, you see that a vast vast majority of the Dqueen latifah all hail the queenJs were male, a vast majority of the graffiti artists were guys, the vast majority of the breakdance crews were men, and the vast majority of the rappers were male. So it was just an extension of the origins of hip-hop culture being a predominantly male culture." 

In that same article I also talked to the late great rapper Special One of female duo The Conscious Daughters.  "A lot of women don't own record labels," said the artist born Karryl Smith who tragically died two years later due to medical complications from a blood clot. "So the independent labels that put out independent music are owned by men. You don't have any women that own anything in rap music, so therefore you have to be on somebody's coattails to bring us [women] in and then hopefully it's not just one album or one single or something like that. We don't own nothing to put it [the music] out. Bottom line," stated Special One. Seven years later in 2016 things have changed a bit for the better as continued technology advances, that make music distribution more accessible for all,  have evened the playing field. Whether the ratio of male to female hip-hop artists will ever be a totally equal remains to be seen. 

Missy Elliott "The Rain [Supa Dupa Fly]"

Queen Latifah "U.N.I.T.Y."

Salt N Pepa "None of Your Business"

Lil' Kim "How Many Licks? (Featuring Sisqo)"

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