Earlier this week Vh1 saluted four pioneering female acts during their annual Hip Hop Honors event – Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, Salt-n-Pepa and Missy Elliott. All six women (shout out to Spinderella too) are industry icons.
We often show love to female rappers here – check out our list of the 20 best female rap albums and our list of the 10 best female rappers of all time – and that’s not about to stop today. Let’s rewind the clock and revisit two great overlooked albums from female lyricists.
Remy Ma, There’s Something About Remy: Based on a True Story (2006)
I’m so glad to see Remy back on the scene with yet another hit – my summer anthem “All the Way Up.” It’s a shame her debut album never got off the ground. It was loaded with a strong mix of radio-friendly numbers and street bangers. Rem’s a versatile artist who oozes charisma. This set really deserved more love.
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Da Brat, Funkdafied (1994)
I remember way back when Da Brat first hit the scene, many crotchety hip-hop fans wrote her off as an imitation Snoop Dogg. Sure, they shared the same laid-back flow, but Brat clearly was her own woman. Brat’s debut album, though short, was brimming with hits, paving the way for her to become the first solo female rap artist to go platinum.
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Now, it’s your turn. Email firstname.lastname@example.org hit me up on Twitter @etbowser, or stop by the comments section and share your Flashback Friday album. Leave a couple of sentences describing what makes it so great. I’ll feature your album on the blog.