Rollingstone Magazine Fails by Having Only 4 Women featured on its 50 Greatest Hip Hop Song List

Missy elliotThis is the time of year a lot of publications put out End of Year and Best of All Time lists. They’re fun to read as they can take you down memory lane or give you some new perspective on things… At this point in time, you understand there will be a certain bias and there may be one or two names tossed in a list to get people talking. You try to take these things with a grain of salt..

The other day Rollingstone Magazine put out a The 50 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All-Times. It’s a list that was compiled from a panel of 33 artists, journalists and industry experts. You have luminaries like Def jam co-founder Rick Rubin, former Source editor James Bernard and legendary A&R Dante Ross. Also in the mix were artists like Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, Nas, Questlove, Boots Riley of the Coup  and Chuck D of Public Enemy just to name a few..You can peep the entire list of judges HERE

You can peep the entire List of 50 songs HERE

When the list came out I went from panel to panel and and what stood out was the glaring omission of women. In fact we don’t have a female artists being ranked for the first 38 entries. That came in the form of Missy Elliot and her song Get Ur Freak On…Personally I thought Missy who definitely deserves a spot has better songs.

The next entries are Lauryn Hill‘s ‘Lost One’s (45) and Salt-N-Pepa‘s ‘Push It’ (46) . The Greatest Hits list list rounds off at entry 47 where have Funky 4 Plus one More. The ‘one more’ of course is pioneering female emcee Sha Rock..

MCLytehat-150Initially I wasn’t gonna weigh in on this, but damn in 2012 and you would think at this point in time folks would know better and do better. Its time to expand our mind and make room for other voices, mainly women in our collective thinking. I don’t know what the process was when RS did the final editing, but no one at that magazine looked at that list and asked ‘Where’s MC Lyte’s ‘Cha Cha Cha‘ or ‘Cappuccino‘? Did anyone at RS bother to check out her site Hip Hop Sisters?

No one at RS or on that panel gave a second thought about Queen Latifah‘s ‘Ladies’ First‘ which featured Monie Love and its impact? No one thought about UNITY…No one? Really? Cmon now..

None of the folks at the panel gave a thought about the 33 songs that were released around the whole Roxanne Roxanne saga? Some of those songs were landmark.  They gave birth to artists like; Sparky D, Roxanne Shante and the Real Roxanne.. None of those women were good enough to be included? There was no room for an artist like YoYo? No Lady of Rage‘s Afro Puffs? No love for Mystic’s ‘The Life’? No choice cuts from Foxy Brown, Eve or Lil Kim made the list?? How is our collective thinking so narrow in 2012?

Luther Campbell of the 2Live Crew was among the panel of experts  that Rollingstone assembled. Did he or anyone mention Anquette‘s Janet Reno? Luke in the past has been very clear to talk about how that song which was done by his cousin helped Reno win an election for DA against a lawyer named Jack Thompson. Luke explained that Thompson became enraged as a result of this and wound up coming after 2Live crew for having obscene material. The case against 2Live crew went all the way to the Supreme Ct.. If one record be the source of all that, should it not be on the RS list?


Lauryn Hill

With respect to Lauryn Hill who won more Grammys than many of the artists featured and the experts assembled should’ve been further up the list, like in the top 15 or 20. I would’ve picked Doo Whop (That Thing) which charted on Billboard as number 1 or Everything is Everything..

Considering Rollingstone’s glaring omissions I guess it would be too much to expect them to have even considered a Jean Grae, Bahamadia, Rah Digga, Conscious Daughters or Medusa?

All I can say at this point is to Rollingstone and its panel of experts which included only 2 or 3 women at the most. that was big miss to only have 3 or 4 females on that list of 50 Greatest songs. It was a big miss and just plain wack.. For those who need more info on women making moves.. Here’s playlist I put together earlier this year.

Y’all Remember Lady of Rage and Her Afro Puffs? Well She’s Back


Lady Of Rage surprises everyone at Snoop show (interview)

By Rebecca McDonald in 5 Questionsrap/hip hop


Lady of Rage (B-Fresh Photography)

You may know Lady Of Rage from her famous early-’90s hit single “Afro Puffs” that came out like a warning siren from a tough-as-nails sister and featured Snoop Dogg. Her deep, fearless voice bellowed through the speakers on said hit unexpectedly at Epic in Minneapolis on Thursday when Snoop surprised everyone with her introduction. It made the Wonderland High Tour truly memorable and had Twitter going crazy.

Lady of Rage has made quite an impact on hip-hop’s timeline with her lyrical style, but has been in hibernation cooking up her next album, Verbal Abuse. Even with her absence from the scene, there was no need for her to don a dark blue prison jumpsuit or have buff men dancing behind bars (circa 1995 Source Awards) to demonstrate how fierce she still is.

We sat down with her backstage to catch up on everything from her afro puff styling routine to female emcees, and putting to rest Internet rumors

CP: Such a pleasure to have you in the house. It was an unexpected surprise that you rolled through Minneapolis on this tour. What have you been up to?

LOR: I have been a hermit. I am creating. My new album coming out is called Verbal Abuse, and I want it to be right. My last album, Necessary Roughness, came out in a time when the empire was crumbling–Suge went to jail, Dre left, 2PAC was killed–everything was in shambles…. So this next project, I want it to be right. I want it the way the first one should have been done. And this will be my last one. Really, I am not motivated. I really don’t feel too much love–I will always love the rap game; but me loving to do it? It’s not what it used to be. The [music] that is out right now isn’t really motivational to me. There aren’t too many lyrics- just a bunch of hoopla.

CP: What do you feel is missing in Hip Hop?

LOR: Lyrics. I would like to see lyrical stuff–something that makes me say, “Wow. Did you hear what he/she just said?” to make me wanna go back and be like, “Oh naw, they can’t out-do me.” Make me want to step my game up. And I’m not hearing that.

CP: Looking back to the ’90s when you started out in the game, there were at least a few ladies making moves in hip-hop. So what is going on now? Where are the women at?

LOR: Well, I am baffled myself. I don’t know where they are. Trina, she is still relevant; I saw her on a video the other day. There is a new chick Nicki Minaj–I saw her in the same video with Trina. But other than that, you got me. I’m working on my stuff, you got Da Brat who can’t do anything at this time, Remy Martin with her situation. But you got Shawna, Rah Digga. You got Jean Grae. There are so many, but I don’t know what is going on! I don’t know if it’s a thing where we are so talented and so dope that people don’t know what to do with us, how to market us, or even how to handle us.

CP: What about a formal network of women coming together in hip hop to make moves? Have you been a part of anything like that?

LOR: Myself, Babs Bunny, and Lady Luck are trying to do something like that, coming together to form FEM (Females Earning Money). Right now it’s kind of on a hiatus, because we are all doing so many different things… We hope the best for the females, we want the females to come together. So many times we don’t come together. Females are catty, females are snotty. But we need to look at what the guys are doing–they get together, they collaborate, they make music, they keep it moving, and that’s what we should do. All that stereotypical nonsense with females–we need to flush it down the toilet… For the young ladies coming up, don’t be intimidated by the guys, don’t be intimidated by the industry… Let your talent speak for itself, and stick to your guns and your morals…

CP: We have to compliment you on your afro puff. What is your styling routine?

LOR: [Laughs] Wash it. Condition it. Brush it. Continuously puff it, pick it. I let it air dry. I use Blue Magic, water, a brush with sponge rollers.

CP: It’s been stated that you have been the hair dresser for Tha Dogg Pound (DPG). Is that true?

LOR: I have never been a hairdresser. I have never been a nurse. I saw that, too. I don’t know where that comes from! The same place saying I was gay comes from. Which I am none of the above. Never dabbled in hairdressing, never dabbled in nursing, and never dabbled in lesbianism. So never believe everything that you hear and see on the internet.

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