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Old School Women Rappers Says It Was About Talent Not About Fashion

BET aired a documentary, “My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women and Hip-Hop,” which “shines a light on the history and current status of female MCs and rappers in the Hip-Hop industry. Princess of Crime Mob hosted a viewing party with a panel discussion at Tongue & Groove in Atlanta. The documentary was put together very well and included guest appearances from Salt N Pepa, Roxanne Shante , Chuck D, ?uest Love,  MC Lyte, Swizz Beatz, Missy Elliot, Nikki D, Trina, Rah Digga, Eve, Lady Rage, and Jermaine Dupri.

It wasn’t about sex appeal. It was about what’s going to come out your mouth when you open it. So it was really about your skill, how well you spit, and if you can really get up there and stand with the big boys. -Nikki D

My favorite female rapper of all time would be MC Lyte, “Why Oh Why Did I Need Cappuccino”? I honestly don’t know how female rap went from Latifah to Nick Minaj. I felt we digressed after Lil Kim and Foxy Brown, and these girls today would be crushed by a MC Lyte when it comes to talent and looks. No shade, Nicki Minaj is trying to bring something back, but I just wish she was more substance and less gimmick, but that’s the nature of the game now. At least she’s trying…

” My accomplishments stand on the fact that I was a battle MC, and willing to battle anyone at anytime without any fear… It was long before there was your glam squads, and your lipsticks, and you know your budgets for your clothing, and you went straight from what you were wore outside…I wore what I had on because at the end of the day it was about talent.”

The documentary takes you back, and I know this generation haven’t heard of the original female rap groups that included Mercedes Girls, Funky Four Plus One More, and Sequence. Even I was shocked to find out Angie Stone was one of the original members of Sequence. How old is she? I know I am telling my age, but I saw JJ Fad in concert, and I still know all the words to Super Sonic.

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