In a male-dominated game, female MC’s usually come and go pretty fast. We’ve had some to give us great music and still disappear. To those hard-working women who graced us with their presence, we are forever grateful. Whether it was five minutes or five years, we rocked with some hits yearning for more. It seems hip-hop always gives us female artists for the moment and then leave us hanging. There were seven ladies I looked around and discovered, ‘They’re no longer here.’ But, from some of these ladies who had one-hit-wonders, we hoped to get more hits. Hanging with the big boys is no picnic in the park. You’ve got to prove yourself twice fold to keep up and earn respect.These versatile ladies showed us that being true to yourself is the way to last in the industry. Artists like Lauryn Hill showed us that even at the height of your success, you may not want to last in the industry. That peak may not be the point of your happiness. She climbed down, but I hope she gets back up there and decides to stay. For those who were successful in battling it out to the end, we salute you. In no special order, here are the six ladies we would’ve loved hearing from again.
You couldn’t play wit’ her Yo-Yo
1. The first queen of rap coming straight outta’ Compton made young girls go get bamboo earrings, light-colored stringy braids, hazel contacts, and a pair of biker’s shorts. All of this because you couldn’t play with Ice Cube’s Yo-Yo. She came out fresh to death with the stone-washed jeans and overalls and such. Yo-Yo was the hood’s girl you liked or wanted to be like. Her hit ‘You Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo’ was played all around the world. I remember creating dances to Yo-Yo minus the braids at the time. She even appeared in one of the hood’s favorite movies ‘Menace II Society.’ We also got to see Yo-Yo with a recurring role on ‘Martin’ as Shenanay’s best partner in crime.
2. Da’ Brat is one of those artists who never stays away too long to remain relevant. She keeps her music fresh, but she’s so raw lyrically that you miss her too much. The ‘funkdafied’ little chick with the big personality was the first tongue-twisting girl on the scene. For this Chicago-bred rapper to keep up with Twista was no joke to see. She came out at a young age and still looks as refreshing as she did on day one. Partnered with Jermaine Dupree, we saw Da Brat go through style changes, stints in jail, and only to bounce back again.
Foxy chocolate baby got milk?
3. Foxy Brown was the bad girl before Wale and Tiara Thomas sang about it. She commanded respect on her ‘na-na’ being ill.’ For those who didn’t know, it was Foxy’s love below, downstairs, or whatever you’d like to call it. Under the wing of Jay-Z, Foxy spun hits with heavy-hitters like Nas, Dru Hill, Jay-Z himself, and many others. Foxy was on top of her business until a slew of lawsuits and violent acts took her under. She was in the news for threatening this person or attacking that person. It all interfered with her career and slowed her down.
Nonchalant briefly spoke of violence
4. Rapper Nonchalant came out with ‘5 O’Clock’ and it stopped people in their tracks. She ran it down in just a few minutes how young men have no business being on the early morning corners selling drugs. Nonchalant grooved and had the slick feather cut we all found sophisticated, classy. She was the first female to put drugs on blast in communities. As she showed a young man selling drugs and getting killed resulting from selling, it didn’t look so cool anymore. We all hoped the sister would keep preaching, but she just faded in the light.
5. Mia X was the first lady of the popular No Limit Soldiers. Mia X had her own style of doing things that was as gorgeous as any lady, but she would come at you like a pit bull. She was always ready to rumble as she showed on ‘Imma Shine’ screaming ‘TRU.’ She did her thing on Master P’s ‘Make Em’ Say Ughh.’ Anyone who was down with Master P back in the early 2000’s was considered a certified boss. To have Master P co-sign for Mia X was no question as to her musical abilities. His whole team was full of beasts and you had to be on your game to roll out.
6. Amil was a promising young lady we thought would go far. After featuring on Jay-Z’s ‘Can I Get A,’ there was no way that hot track would stop her. She represented for the ladies who like the finer things in life and won’t take your number unless you already have those things. She was the biracial girl with the great features and fancy clothes. Though she came across like a gold-digger, women still respected her hustle. She looked like she was soaring having appeared in the movie ‘State Property.’ She even released a solo album, but was rumored to be released from Roc-A-Fella due to poor sales.
After ‘Making the Band’ she made a clear run
6. Babs Bunny was one of America’s favorite reality stars from Diddy’s franchise ‘Making the Band.’ What viewers liked so much about Babs is that she spit cold bars probably flowing the other rappers in the house. She was the only female MC holding it down with an East coast flavor. She even caught the eye of New Orleans country artist Chopper City at one point. Babs looked promising rolling with Diddy, but the band soon dismantled. This left fans wondering what was next for the Brooklyn battle rapper. Since the show, Babs has been hosting female battle raps. Click here for the latest video.