Eve: The Last Female Rapper. Was I dream-ing? Nope. That’s what the promotional flier said. How could that be? How could rap music, an art form that isn’t even 40 years old yet, end up with only one female MC left? Well to be honest- the producers of these fliers were taking great liberties by calling Eve the last female rapper. She isn’t so much the last as she is the only one that hasn’t released an album lately that flopped. Eve has been MIA from the rap scene for a while now, but if my memory serves me correctly- her last album didn’t exactly set the world on fire. Still, the idea that Eve was the last female MC left got me to wondering where exactly did all the female rappers go?
Just as En Vogue spawned Jade who spawned Brown Stone, you would have thought female rappers like Salt n’ Pepa, MC Lyte and Queen Latifah would have spawned female MCs in their likeness as well. And no, Lil Kim, Trina and Foxy Brown are not spin offs of any of the ladies mentioned above. Instead, I think Kim, Foxy, Trina and the like are actually spawns of male rappers like Snoop Dog and the late Notorious BIG. ((Notice how female rappers are now doing jail time like their male counterparts.))
In my opinion, once the sexist and misogynistic lyrics of gangsta rap took over, there was no room left for the intelligent, beautiful and yes sexy female MC. Rap music had done such an incredible job of reducing women to T&A, that the next generation of female rappers used- or attempted to use their T&A to get ahead. What success a few of them had was short lived and now the only place you can find women in rap is on the stripper pole in some male rapper’s video.
And for those of you who think women like Remy Ma will bring female MCs back-think again. Remy Ma is the opposite of Trina, Kim and Foxy but she too was spawned by the same sick lyrics. Rather than use her T&A ((And who wants to see hers anyway)) Remy has tried to emulate the male MCs by staying up in drama and playing up her violent and criminal past. But she too learned the hard way that rap has no room left for women regardless of what selling tactic they try and use.
So how does a female make it in the world of rap today? I don’t know. But I suspect Gloria Valez, Melyssa Ford, and Esther Baxter may be able to help you with that. After all, when you think of rap music, these are now the women who come to mind.