December 30, 2013

Monday Mix: All Hail the Queens

Take a step into the past, present, and future of rap and hip-hop.

I was about 12 years old when I discovered the Lil' Kim Hardcore tape. At the time it was not the whole tape, but rather a few gems that I managed to hear for the first time. Instead of being scandalized or sexualized, or anything remotely negative for a girl of my age, I remember thinking how powerful and poetic it felt. At that age, I did not "get it," many (probably 90%) of the lyrics went way above my head (a similar experience to watching Clueless when it came out in 1995 and then again as an actual teenager). In a similar "not getting it" fashion, many of my friends loved to describe themselves on their AIM profiles as being into every kind of music "except country and rap lol." A sentiment that I always thought was totally stupid and served more as an example of a sheeple effect – people sharing beliefs they've seen elsewhere but never actually taking the time to decide for themselves what they liked. I have always loved rap and country, and almost everything else too. How could you argue against it? Every other genre of music could take a cue from the powerful delivery, genuine emotion, and strong female-in-charge attitude that every song on this mix exhibits.

There are so many incredible female rappers that I love and it was tough to narrow it down but I did my best and I hope that this will not only pay homage to the queens of the past, but will work to share the artists that will no doubt be among the rap queens of the future. All hail the queens.

1. "Everybody Does" - Brooke Candy
2. "Work It" - Missy Elliot
3. "Baby's On Fire" - Die Antwoord
4. "Bad Girls" - M.I.A
5. "212" - Azealia Banks
6. "I Don't Give A Fuck" - Bo$$
7. "Pu$$y" - Iggy Azalea
8. "Queen Bitch" - Lil' Kim
9. "High School" - Nicki Minaj
10. "Gotta Man" - Eve
11. "Don't Get Me Started" - Big Lady K
12. "Push It" - Salt-n-Pepa

Written by Marisa Dabice