If I were to ask anyone to name the top Hip Hop artists, more times than not the list would be composed of the top MALE Hop Hop artists. Since the rap game is so male dominated, it’s easy to overlook the female pioneers in the game. VH1 did just the opposite of that Monday night when they screamed All Hail The Queens…and hailed, we did!
Female rappers are far outnumbered by their male counterparts, but their voices are just as loud, lyrics hit just as hard and impact is just as heavy. If not for some of the trailblazers of ‘back in the days’, we wouldn’t have a Nicki Minaj, Remy Ma, or Breezy today.
The night was dedicated to the impact of legendary female MCs Salt-N-Pepa, Queen Latifah, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot, and Lil’ Kim. Tributes and performances came from a wide range of celebrity entertainers from Dej Loaf and Lil’ Mama to Diddy and even First Lady Michelle Obama. The Honors were hosted by Philly’s own Blonde Bombshell and another First Lady (of Ruff Ryders) Eve.
The night wasn’t just for the ladies though; any person who is a fan of real hip hop was dancing to “Get Your Freak On” and mean mugging and two stepping to “Queen B*tch”. Outside of the honorees, performances came from Naughty By Nature, Remy Ma, Monie Love, Eve and the showstopper Teyana Taylor to name a few. With memorable moments from Faith Evans introducing and throwing some friendly shade at Lil Kim to Betty White’s poetic rendition of Queen Latifah’s U.N.I.T.Y.,there was a little something for everyone.
I have to say that for myself, I most enjoyed the finale where Latifah brought out some of the hardest spitting and most influential ladies in the rap industry including YoYo, MC Lyte, Nikki D., Rah Digga, Mia X and more as she rapped the lyrics to one of her most noted songs, UNITY.
Who You Callin’ A Bitch?!