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An illustrated highlight reel of more than 100 women in rap who have helped shape the genre and eschewed gender norms in the process   The Motherlode highlights more than 100 women who have shaped the power, scope, and reach of rap music, including pioneers like Roxanne Shanté, game changers like Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott, and current reigning queens like Nicki Minaj,  An illustrated highlight reel of more than 100 women in rap who have helped shape the genre and eschewed gender norms in the process   The Motherlode highlights more than 100 women who have shaped the power, scope, and reach of rap music, including pioneers like Roxanne Shanté, game changers like Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott, and current reigning queens like Nicki Minaj,  Cardi B, and Lizzo—as well as everyone who came before, after, and in between. Some of these women were respected but not widely celebrated. Some are impossible not to know. Some of these women have stood on their own; others were forced into templates, compelled to stand beside men in big rap crews. Some have been trapped in a strange critical space between respected MC and object. They are characters, caricatures, lyricists, at times both feminine and explicit. This book profiles each of these women, their musical and career breakthroughs, and the ways in which they each helped change the culture of rap.  


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An illustrated highlight reel of more than 100 women in rap who have helped shape the genre and eschewed gender norms in the process   The Motherlode highlights more than 100 women who have shaped the power, scope, and reach of rap music, including pioneers like Roxanne Shanté, game changers like Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott, and current reigning queens like Nicki Minaj,  An illustrated highlight reel of more than 100 women in rap who have helped shape the genre and eschewed gender norms in the process   The Motherlode highlights more than 100 women who have shaped the power, scope, and reach of rap music, including pioneers like Roxanne Shanté, game changers like Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott, and current reigning queens like Nicki Minaj,  Cardi B, and Lizzo—as well as everyone who came before, after, and in between. Some of these women were respected but not widely celebrated. Some are impossible not to know. Some of these women have stood on their own; others were forced into templates, compelled to stand beside men in big rap crews. Some have been trapped in a strange critical space between respected MC and object. They are characters, caricatures, lyricists, at times both feminine and explicit. This book profiles each of these women, their musical and career breakthroughs, and the ways in which they each helped change the culture of rap.  

57 review for The Motherlode: 100+ Women Who Made Hip-Hop

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    This was a great read! I loved the organization of the content and all of the illustrations. I felt cooler as I was reading it. :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    the definitive book on women rappers. a must read!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alice Korngold

    What a stunning and important book! This quote in the author's Introduction makes it crystal clear. "History is what the dominant group decides is fact. There are always conflicting versions when no one is keeping score, and the passage of time so easily erodes relevance. As hip-hop made platinum and gold out of an art form born from racism and poverty--and gave power to black men to run a culture they could finally call their own--the women within it battled twice as hard to even be recognized." What a stunning and important book! This quote in the author's Introduction makes it crystal clear. "History is what the dominant group decides is fact. There are always conflicting versions when no one is keeping score, and the passage of time so easily erodes relevance. As hip-hop made platinum and gold out of an art form born from racism and poverty--and gave power to black men to run a culture they could finally call their own--the women within it battled twice as hard to even be recognized."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karim

    A comprehensive and entertaining trip down memory lane! Most hip hop heads’ knowledge (me included) of female rappers starts with Roxanne Shante, Queen Latifah or Salt N Pepa. But what about Pebblepoo or MC ShaRock which predated both by 4 and 9 yrs respectively? This book thankfully spends a lot of time on the industry’s treatment of women and shows countless examples of how Men controlling a female artists image and narrative held a lot of female artists back. Not to mention showed that Men di A comprehensive and entertaining trip down memory lane! Most hip hop heads’ knowledge (me included) of female rappers starts with Roxanne Shante, Queen Latifah or Salt N Pepa. But what about Pebblepoo or MC ShaRock which predated both by 4 and 9 yrs respectively? This book thankfully spends a lot of time on the industry’s treatment of women and shows countless examples of how Men controlling a female artists image and narrative held a lot of female artists back. Not to mention showed that Men didn’t know what they were talking about. My main takeaway is that the industry still treats HipHop and black women as ‘garnish’, accessories. Take this years Grammy’s for example. Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé have dropped massive smash hits but seem to only win the niche categories like R&B Album or HipHop Song of the Year. Taylor Swift by comparison has won the majors (Song, Album and Artist) multiple times.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sweetice

    #femalerapper #Sweetice check out my music everywhere just type in #Sweetice .I just read all the reviews waiting on my book

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeremiah

    This is the untold story of so many women critical in the history of hip-hop. Very meaningful read and great wit wielded by the author

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