The history of women’s hip hop goes all the way back to the foundation of the genre. Roxanne Shante was considered the “King Of New York” during the infancy days of rap and in latter years the industry saw a diverse array of females representing on the microphone.
The 80’s saw the rise of rappers such as Queen Latifah and MC Lyte, but it was the 90’s when female rappers started to really get explicit with their sexuality. The New York scene gave birth for rappers such as Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown who led the charge for women to be proud about their sexuality.
The new era of hip hop fans are use to hearing the likes of Nicki Minaj and Cardi B talking about their sexual exploits, but are they not presenting a diverse lyrical display for women in the rap game being at the top of the chain? This discussion came to light during a Jermaine Dupri interview with People Magazine.
They all rapping about the same thing and I don’t think they’re showing us who is the best rapper. For me, it’s like strippers rappingJermaine Dupri
The always outspoken Cardi B, took to her Instagram and had a few things to say in response to the criticism of female rappers. “It seems like that’s what people want to hear. I ain’t even gonna front because let me tell you something. When I did ‘Be Careful,’ people was talking mad shit in the beginning, like, ‘what the fuck is. This is not what I expected,’ she said. “If that’s what people isn’t trying to hear, then it’s like, alright, I’mma start rapping about my pussy again.'”
Cardi B then gave praise to the women rappers who are delivering lyrics that don’t only relate to women body parts. She gave a shout out to Tierra Whack, Kamaiyah, Chika, and Rapsody as women representing with lyrical prowess.