LISTEN: Celebrating Fifty Years of Hip-Hop Her Way

Hip-Hop turned 50 this year, and we’re still celebrating. Forever like. Though the musical art form is about that braggadocio, and has celebrated the masculine side of things largely, the women of Hip-Hop have stood their ground.

In the 2020s some of these acts are still around, and the newer artists are holding down and dominating the charts. Female rappers have consistently shattered barriers, challenged norms, and pushed the boundaries of what’s possible in hip-hop. It also takes a strong person in general to buck conceptions and do what many say cannot be done.

From the pioneering rhymes of Roxanne Shanté, 
Queen Latifah and Salt-N-Pepa to the contemporary reign of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, female rap has continuously evolved, creating timeless classics and iconic moments that resonate with audiences worldwide.

For this 50-year musical journey, we’ve curated a 50 for 50 playlist. This list is a celebration of the extraordinary talent, lyrical prowess, and fearless creativity of female rap artists who’ve made an indelible impact on the genre.

From the empowering anthems of Missy Elliott to the trailblazing storytelling of Lauryn Hill and the unapologetic attitude of Lil’ Kim, these songs encapsulate the diversity of female rap voices. So, get for the sounds of female empowerment, resilience, and artistic brilliance that is for everyone.

Join us as we celebrate the women who’ve made history in hip-hop, one unforgettable verse at a time. We couldn’t encompass all the greatness in this category but this playlist is a good start. Click play to listen above, or experience these songs over at Spotify.

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