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Women In Hiphop

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The Hiphop Archive and Reseach Institute is celebrating Women's History Month by showcasing the updated Women In Hiphop Collection. This collection of books, films, and magazines is available at the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute.

Statement from the HHA Director

Women's History month is the perfect time to reflect on the fact that many women unapologetically support both Hiphop and feminism. When I teach college courses on language use and identity, I ask all of my students to write the words they hear and use to describe women in their communities and on their campus. I also ask them to list the words used to refer to men. The young men and women don't have any problem doing this assignment, and they often chuckle as they do it. When they have completed their task, I compile the names and write the male and female lists on the board. Sometimes there is embarrassed laughter and excuses as I write male terminology and female terminology. However, the laughter stops cold when the reality of the list becomes clear. There are four times more names for women than men on the list. Moreover, women are overwhelmingly referred to as sexual body parts, according to disposition/attitude and with violent references. The overall problem is much bigger than Hiphop!  ...(Read More)

Prof. Marcyliena Morgan, Director

Please feel free to contact us with comments and suggestions at info@hiphoparchive.org.

The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute's Women in Hiphop Playlist

Women In Hiphop Playlist:

  1. Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing) - The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill (1998)
  2. J.J. Fad - Supersonic - Supersonic (1988)
  3. Queen Latifah f. Monie Love - Ladies First - All Hail the Queen (1989)
  4. MC Lyte - Paper Thin - Lyte as a Rock (1988)
  5. Queen Pen - Party Ain't a Party - My Melody (1997)
  6. Mia X - Mommie's Angels - Unlady Like (1997)
  7. Eve - Love is Blind - Ruff Ryders' First Lady (1999)
  8. Lady of Rage - Afro Puffs - Above the Rim (Soundtrack) (1994)
  9. Yo-Yo - Black Pearl - Black Pearl (1992)
  10. Lin Que f. MC Lyte - Let It Fall (1995)
  11. Hurricane G - No More Prisons (1998)
  12. Lil' Kim - Crush on You - Hard Core (1996)
  13. Da Brat - Funkdafied - Funkdafied (1994)
  14. Queen Latifah - U.N.I.T.Y. - Black Reign (1994)
  15. Salt-N-Pepa f. En Vogue - Whatta Man - Very Necessary (1994)
  16. Azealia Banks - 212 (2012)
  17. Jean Grae - The Time Is Now - Jeanius (2008) 
  18. Foxy Brown - Hot Spot - Chyna Doll (1998)
  19. Trina - Pull Over - Da Baddest Bitch (2000)
  20. Lady Sovereign - Love Me of Hate Me - Public Warning (2006)
  21. M.I.A. - Paper Planes - Kala (2007)
  22. Gangsta Boo - Wanna Go to Wat - Enquiring Minds (1998)
  23. Missy Elliot -  Hot - Under Construction (2002)
  24. Nicki Minaj - Young Forever - Roman Reloaded (2012) 
  25. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes - Legendary - Eye Legacy (2008)

Each album title is a link to Amazon.com where you can find each artist's entire album.

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