The BBC has unveiled an upcoming three-part documentary series that aims to illuminate the often overlooked role of women in Hip Hop, including the untold narrative of British women’s impact on this culturally defining music genre spanning the last five decades. The initial two episodes are scheduled to be broadcast on BBC Two on Saturday, 7th October, followed by the concluding episode on the 14th of October.
Narrated by Neneh Cherry, “First Ladies of Hip Hop” will uncover the untold tales of women who played a crucial part in the inception, evolution, and triumph of Hip Hop. It will offer a unique perspective on the largely unrecognised contributions made by British women.
Hip Hop, an enduringly influential musical genre of our era, boasts a history that extends far beyond the spotlight typically focused on male artists. “First Ladies of Hip Hop” challenges this prevailing narrative by presenting firsthand accounts from artists, producers, DJs, and industry insiders who shattered stereotypes, overcame barriers, found their voices, and paved the way for generations to come.
The series will feature the narratives of Eve, Rah Digga, Sha Rock, Debbie D, Deidra Roper (known as DJ Spinderella of Salt-n-Pepa), Yo-Yo (renowned for her collaboration with N.W.A’s Ice Cube), Millie Jackson, Cheryl the Pearl (of The Sequence), JJ Fad, Sheri Sher (of The Mercedes Ladies), and many others. It will delve into the trials, tribulations, and pivotal moments that shaped their careers and influenced the movement surrounding them.
“First Ladies of Hip Hop” will also present the firsthand account of the pioneering Hip Hop artist Roxanne Shanté, who shares her perspective on how she felt unjustly denied the title of the greatest rapper on earth due to her gender.
This compelling documentary series provides a fresh vantage point on the genre’s history and progression, shedding light on the struggles and triumphs of British women in the industry. It endeavours to rewrite the narrative and finally give credit where it has long been overdue. British Hip Hop phenomenon, Monie Love, alongside UK acts Estelle, Betty Boo, Cookie Pryce, the Wee Papa Girl Rappers, and So Solid Crew’s Lisa Maffia will be thrust into the spotlight.
The interviews and intimate conversations in “First Ladies of Hip Hop” offer invaluable insights into the resilience, creativity, and ingenuity of women in Hip Hop. They celebrate the outstanding contributions of females from both sides of the Atlantic who have left an enduring mark on the genre.