who you callin' a bitch?: my favorite ladies of hip-hop

Artist Song Buy
roxanne shante  roxanne's revenge  buy on itunes
mc lyte  lyte as a rock   buy on itunes
queen latifah  u-n-i-t-y  buy on itunes
monie love  it's a shame (my sister)  buy on itunes
me'shell ndegeocello  if that was your boyfriend (he wasn't last night)  buy on itunes
salt-n-pepa  push it   buy on itunes
rah digga  what they call me   buy on itunes
foxy brown  hot spot   buy on itunes
lil' kim  how many licks?  buy on itunes
missy elliot  work it   buy on itunes
m.i.a.  galang   buy on itunes
lady sovereign  random   buy on itunes
eve  who's that girl?   buy on itunes
ms. dynamite  dy-na-mi-tee   buy on itunes
lauren hill  everything is everythin  buy on itunes
jean grae  love song  buy on itunes
diggable planets (ladybug mecca)  rebirth of slick (cool like dat)  buy on itunes

Comment:

this is my feeble attempt at a women in hip-hop mix. granted, i know considerably less than i should when it comes to hip-hop but i'm learning. like most other genres i've encountered, it's was the women that i was immediately drawn to. hip-hop women are in no way expected to be quiet and demure. how else would they survive in a genre that is often chastised for its misogyny? there's no wading through the dredges of flighty-voiced, sexually repressed women, like in rock. hip-hop women are brash and out there and you, in no way, shape, or form, want to fuck with them. i mean, the first truly important female rap recording (by ms. shante) was a diss track. they got right into the thick of things with guns blazing. and that's what truly makes me love them. this ends up being weirdly chronological but i guess that makes sense depending on what new production techniques were available at the time. i was a little afraid of putting the me'shell ndegeocello song on here because, well, she sang a duet with jouhn cougar mellencamp, possibly the most un-hip-hop man in the world but it's such a fierce song and that bassline is ridiculous. i had a problem with placing the queen latifah song (from which the title of this mix comes) because i love it and wanted to give it either the exhalted position of beginning or end to the mix. but there were problems. i love that simple beat at the beginning or "roxanne's revenge" (which is now often employed on songs like kelis' "milkshake") and the diggable planets (who are sadly too often seen as one hit wonders) song ends with the lyric "we out" and i couldn't resist putting that at the end. my friend matt also convinced me that "u-n-i-t-y" was neither a opener nor a closer and i caved. i still don't know whether i like it at track three but that's where it's staying for now. please feel free to make suggestions as i know this mix can be expanded or changed so it flows better.
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drunk in august sun
Date: 8/2/2005
i love this mix, and i totally agree with everything you said about why women in hip hop are so fascinating.
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dimflash
Date: 8/2/2005
Very nice! Roxanne Shante is a great opener; I love that you've got m.i.a and lady sovereign in the mix as well.
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dimflash
Date: 8/2/2005
Very nice! Roxanne Shante is a great opener; I love that you've got m.i.a and lady sovereign in the mix as well.
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dimflash
Date: 8/2/2005
Very nice! Roxanne Shante is a great opener; I love that you've got m.i.a and lady sovereign in the mix as well.
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Orchid
Date: 8/3/2005
Great theme!

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