What up, what up! In this piece I’ll go over my thoughts on who was the illest and dopest female MC in the 90’s. Man this was a lot tougher piece to write than I originally anticipated. Partly because there was so many dope female MC’s during that era. Some of those names that instantly come to mind include: Queen Latifah, Da Brat, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott. All of them dope for their own reasons. Da Brat who was signed to So So Def records had a great flow and attitude when she rapped. Lil Kim and Foxy Brown were street b*tches from New York who weren’t afraid to use their sexuality in their lyrics. In fact i’ll go as far to say that what they spit on records in the 90’s was harder than the majority of dudes out now trying to rap. True story bruh.
Missy Elliott was special in her own way as well. Her connection to Timbaland during the mid nineties helped propel her stardom to platinum status.
What many people don’t know is that she was an equally as good songwriter as she was female MC. Penning hits for RnB artists such as Tamia, Destiny’s Child, Tweet, Nicole Wray, Monica, Mariah Carey, Total, Ginuwine, 702 and of course Aaliyah. While many female artists used sexuality and feminine appeal to sell records, Missy didn’t need to. She had a style all her own and some of the best producing friends in the industry.
The best of course was Ms. Lauryn Hill. 1/3 of the Fugees. She had sharp lyrics, could flow with the best of them, a beautiful singing voice and sexuality. The Fugees album The Score, sold 17 million records worldwide, a staggering number. Lauryn Hill’s solo album went on to sell over 19 million records worldwide, 8 million coming from the US. She earned 5 Grammys from this release. The reason she was so special was because of her immense talent. She
was a perfect fit for the Fugees and blended well with Wyclef Jean and Pras Well. She was an incredible solo artist as well. I think her album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is a classic. When listening to it now, I realize it the album is really an hour long breakup letter to Wyclef Jean. The album is painfully beautiful. The tragic breakup between them was the demise of the Fugees as well as their individual careers. Lauryn never went on to record another full length album and became estranged from the music and public eye.
I still got love for you L!