Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Classics (Fat Beats & Brastraps: Women of Hip-Hop)
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
Anchored by three tracks from the pioneering Real Roxanne and two apiece by the ultraconfident Queen Latifah and the inimitably nasty Roxanne Shanté, this disc of trailblazing women in hip-hop has a few significant gaps as... more »
Anchored by three tracks from the pioneering Real Roxanne and two apiece by the ultraconfident Queen Latifah and the inimitably nasty Roxanne Shanté, this disc of trailblazing women in hip-hop has a few significant gaps as a survey but kicks like crazy as a string of surefire jams. Mostly plucked from the late 1980s, it's also a unique sideways look at the way some subgenres of hip-hop evolved: pop-dance with rapping (Oaktown's 3-5-7 and the Real Roxanne's embrace of go-go beats), reggae-fied bounce (Latifah), and even the X-rated Southern style (of which 2 Much's "Wild Thang," which launched LeShaun's career, is an obvious big mama). Everything here will get a floor moving, and a few tracks--especially Shanté's scathing "Have a Nice Day"--may burn some ears, too. --Douglas Wolk
Revolutionary, hot #$%* !!!!!!
stevey wundar | Houston | 03/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yeah, it's too bad more folks that listen to/buy hip hop music today have noooo concept of how hip hop started and these pioneering ladies.
Rappers like Queen Latifah and Sweet Tee were assertive ladies sayin' something and havin' fun doin' it.
To think what passes for the top female rappers of today ... Lil Kim, Trina, Missy Elliott (Da Brat, Eve, Rah Diggah and Foxy had some skill but all fell off), Shawna and Jackie-O ... none of 'em could've hung with these back in the day chicks.
They had to have heat back then and really be comin' wit something nice b/c these strippa shows of today wouldn't have gotten respect from the streetz, da fellaz or da ladiez.
This album is for hardcore hip hop fans ... I'm not sure anyone who'd even buy a Kim or Trina album is prepared for this."
Skills, Skills, Skills
HECTOR .A. DIAZ | Brooklyn, New York United States | 08/16/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"These women could hang in the rap game of today easily. These artists show a tremendous amount of skills and wit in there rhymes. They show a "take the bull by the horns" type attitude and they flow on time to the beat. The best part of these rhymes is that they have a messege in between the boasting and don't even curse while doing it. If your a beat oriented type of person you won't miss with this, Lots of hot beats, cuttin' and scatching the way rap music ought to be. Cuttin' and scratching and consciousness is something that is almost absent in today's rap music, an element that I feel really leaves rap songs of today kind of empty. This album has the whole package. The lyrics, consciousness, beats and the skills of the DJ. which makes it enjoyable to listen to. Women rappers should never be under estimated, If you got skills you got skills, period."