Posts tagged “Female

Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 1. MC Lyte

If you ask hip-hop fans who the greatest male emcee of all time is, you’re more than likely to get about 20 to 25 different responses. Now, switch the question to “Who’s the best female rapper of all time?” and, alas, you’re more than likely to end up with the same answer 9 out of 10 times: MC Lyte.

With gems like “I Cram to Understand U (Sam)” and “10% Dis” from her 1988 debut, Lyte As a Rock, MC Lyte changed hip-hop’s perception of femcees without changing her outfit. Instead, she cloaked herself in dignity and integrity. And did I mention that she could run circles around many of her male counterparts with her take-your-hats-off wordplay? Lyte’s originality, smooth flow, substance-packed content, and impeccable delivery, make her the unquestionable queen of rap music.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 2. Lauryn Hill

Long before she nabbed 5 Grammys for her debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Ms. Hill was already in contention for the throne. As one-third of 90s super group, Fugees, L’Boogie quickly established herself as the focal point of the crew. By seamlessly blending jaw-dropping lyricism with social commentary, she helped make The Score the magnum opus of Fugees’ catalog and, more importantly, a certified hip-hop classic.

On Miseducation, Lauryn unleashed the best fusion of hip-hop and R&B of the last decade. Her stellar songwriting flourished from song to song, whether grappling with spirituality (“Final Hour,” “Forgive Them, Father”) or stroking sexuality without exploiting it (“Nothing Even Matters”). Like Lyte and Latifah before her, Lauryn shines without drawing unnecessary attention to her sexual ambiance.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 3. Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah couldn’t have picked a more appropriate stage moniker. Thanks to a brilliant mesh of social commentary and political consciousness, this queen had no problem attracting a cult-like following from the jump off. Latifah was one of the first to demand self-respect and gender equality in hip-hop. Who can forget the Grammy-winning “U.N.I.T.Y.” (from Black Reign), where she made it clear that addressing her as a b***h is a quick way to get yourself “punched dead” in the face?



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 4. Missy Elliott

Not only is Missy one of the best, she’s also one of the most versatile hip-hop artists, period. A multi-faceted entertainer, Missy writes, raps, sings, and produces all her songs. Her music videos are consistently innovative and intriguing. To crown it all, no other female rapper has ever been able to match Missy’s level of success.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 5. Da Brat

Discovered by Jermaine Dupri in ’92, Da Brat (like MC Lyte and Queen Latifah) exploded into the hip-hop scene at a time when female rappers were almost unheard of. Against all odds, her debut, Funkdafied, became the first platinum-selling album by a female rapper. Unlike Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown, Da Bra-ta-ta skewered sexuality early on in her career. Instead, she relied on her dashing delivery and double time flow.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 6. Jean Grae

With three solid releases–Attack of the Attacking Things, The Bootlegg of The Bootlegg EP, and This Week–under her belt, South African-born, New York-bred rapper Jean Grae has been spinning heads for the past 10 years or so. What makes Grae stand out from the pack is her combination of humor and seriousness. Whether poking fun at herself on “Going Crazy” or rhyming about loyalty and dedication on “My Crew,” J.G. does it all with a touch of excellence.

In 2005, Jean hooked up with producer 9th Wonder for a full length collaboration dubbed Jeanius. A widespread internet leak forced her to shelf one of the best collaborative hip-hop albums you’ll never hear. Previously down with Babygrande Records (Canibus, Hi-Tek), Jean Grae is now signed to Talib Kweli’s Blacksmith imprint.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 7. Rah Digga

Rah Digga first showcased her lyrical tenacity by dropping verses here and there as a member of the Busta Rhymes-led Flipmode Squad. Digga eventually solidified her place with the electrifying Dirty Harriet LP. Rah’s ability to craft commercially viable tracks while still dropping hardcore gems makes her stick out from the rest.

Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 8. Lil’ Kim

Lil’ Kim’s The Naked Truth was the first album by a female rapper to be awarded 5 mics in The Source magazine. Whether or not the accolades were well-deserved is another story. However, Kim’s impact on hip-hop is unquestionable. Since her Hard Core debut in 1996, Kim has spawned a slew of emulators, who are eager to replicate her libidinous lyrics and in-your-face persona.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 9. Eve

Before she went all Hollywood on us, Eve was often heralded for her superb songwriting. Hits like “Satisfaction,” “Gangsta Lovin’” (with Alicia Keys) and “Let Me Blow Your Mind” (with Gwen Stefani) showcased her unique ability to appeal to a broad audience without losing her edge.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: #10. Foxy Brown

Granted, Foxy gets plenty of backlash for her raunchy lyrics, but, let’s not forget that she also contributed to some of hip-hop’s most notable hits. LL Cool J’s “I Shot Ya” and Jay-Z’s “Ain’t No N***a” would’ve never sounded the same without Fox Boogie’s catchy couplets. Brown has also managed to garner a measurable amount of success on her own three discs: Ill Na Na, Chyna Doll, and Broken Silence.



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Article: Two suspects booked in slaying of MTV music coordinator by Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein

Jabaar Vincent Thomas, 26, and Destiny Young, 29, were initially arrested in connection with a string of robberies in which the attackers were armed with a shotgun, the same type of weapon used in the killing of Gabriel Aron Ben-Meir, according to the LAPD.

A man and a woman have been booked on suspicion of the execution-style slaying of an MTV music coordinator whose body lay on a Mid-Wilshire street for five hours before it was discovered, authorities said Thursday.

Jabaar Vincent Thomas, 26, and Destiny Young, 29, both of Los Angeles, were initially arrested Wednesday in connection with a string of robberies in which the attackers were armed with a shotgun, the same type of weapon used in the killing of Gabriel Aron Ben-Meir, 30, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police said they were able to link the pair to the Ben-Meir case from witness statements and other evidence. Thomas was also booked on suspicion of killing a 35-year-old man in the Pico-Union area last month.

Ben-Meir, who hailed from a Los Angeles entertainment family and aspired to continue his career in music, was shot at least once in the back of the head early Sunday just steps from his front door. The killing shocked family members, colleagues at MTV and neighbors in the tranquil neighborhood lined with shady trees and manicured frontyards just a short drive from the Miracle Mile.

According to a law enforcement source, Thomas is a reputed gang member who was released from state prison in December after serving a sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Thomas has several felony convictions, including possession of cocaine, said the source, who asked not be named because the case was ongoing. Young did not appear to have a criminal history.

Thomas and Young are suspected of committing at least nine armed robberies in the last two weeks in the Mid-City, Wilshire and Southwest Los Angeles areas, LAPD Capt. Matt Blake said. The pair were arrested in connection with the robberies Wednesday, along with San Fernando Valley resident Richard Edward Anderson, 33. Police said Anderson has not been linked to Ben-Meir’s slaying.

Anderson, who has half a dozen convictions dating from at least 1998, was on parole for being in possession of a controlled substance, according to authorities. Most of his convictions involved offenses related to drug possession and corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant.

Thomas was also booked on suspicion of killing Marcelo Aragon, who was struck by a shotgun blast and robbed as he walked through a residential area in the 2700 block of West 12th Street about 3:45 a.m. April 30, LAPD Officer Sara Faden said.

Thomas was being held in lieu of $2-million bail, police said, and Young was being held on $1-million bail.

The two were arrested as they rode in a Crown Victoria in Pico-Union, according to an LAPD source. The vehicle was stopped, the source said, because it matched a description of a car used in one of the robberies.

Detectives obtained search warrants for the vehicle and a home in South Los Angeles, which yielded evidence that connected Thomas and Young to the robberies and Ben-Meir’s slaying, according to the LAPD source.

Ben-Meir had just parked his BMW when he was killed on Packard Street between Stanley and Spaulding avenues, according to police. Authorities have declined to say whether he was robbed.

Residents told investigators that they heard what sounded like a gunshot about 1:30 a.m. but that they did not call police. A man walking his dog came across the body about 6:30 a.m.




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