30 Unforgettable Female Rap Albums With Attitude – Part Two
Mea culpa Kim, Foxy and Missy. Sorry Lyte, Latifah and Roxanne. In this list we pay homage to the female rappers with attitude that didn’t get a clear spot in our culture’s canon. Here are the next ten albums:
Isis – Rebel Soul – 4th & Broadway – 1990
In 2007, Isis issued ‘God Speed’ as Lin Que. A few years earlier, she was part of the Wu female collective Deadly Venoms. In the late eighties / early nineties the New York lyricist was a sister of the Blackwatch Movement, the crew that surrounded X-Clan. ‘Rebel Soul’ is vanglorious with great samples and African rhythms. With the key! Sissieeees!
Nikki D – Daddy’s Little Girl – Def Jam – 1991
With 44,000 copies sold, the first female rap album on Def Jam did well in the charts. With reason: it was produced by The Bomb Squad, Leaders Of The New School and Prince Paul. Unlike the title, Nikki D knew how to stand her man with tracks like ‘Your Man Is My Man’ and ‘Gotta Up The Ante For The Panties’.
BWP – The Bytches – Columbia – 1991
Bytches With Problems were Lyndah and Tanisha and not to be mistaken with the R&B-group Brothers With Potential. A female equivalent of 2 Live Crew, they excelled in vulgarity and sexism. ‘Two Minute Brother’ is legendary:
MC Peaches – More Than Just A Pretty Face – EastWest Records – 1991
‘Treat Her Like A Lady’ was Peaches’ first single in 1988. As a member of the First Priority fam, the single is produced by their in-house producer The King Of Chill. Three years later she showed more attitude on her full album. The record is not top billin, but groovey due to the Audio Two and King Of Chill production.
Missy Mist – Let the Good Times Roll – RCA – 1991
Miami Bass queen Missy Mist was originally from Brooklyn, but moved to the South at a young age. There, she managed to convince Miami Bass godfather Eric Griffin of her rappin ability. The album is surprisingly diverse. The title track is heavy. ‘Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ is crazy.
Queen Mother Rage – Vanglorious Law – Cardiac Records – 1991
Another sister from the Blackwatch Movement, Mother Rage professed peace and unity on her one and only album. Of course, it had Professor X on it. She rhymes not as hard and fiercely as her Sister Isis, but laid-back doesn’t mean no message. Plans for a follow-up failed as the label Cardiac Records folded.
Def Dames – 2 Large – SRC 1991
Kandy Kane and Ace Senorita sound like a spin-off of Salt n Peppa, with danceable, poppy beats. But the L.A. duo had some smooth delivery and a some funky bits. ‘The King Of Romance’ for one:
The Poetess – Simply Poetry – 1992
A radio DJ since age 5, The Poetess aka Felicia Morris, got herself a recording deal with Interscope in 1992, resulting into this full length. The album features Kool G Rap, Jamie Foxx, MadKap, Def Jef, L.A. Posse and the amazing Baker Boyz. A few years ago she co-hosted the Jamie Foxx Show.
S’kool Girlz – Jus Da 2 Of Us – Wrap Records – 1992
Already in 1985 the Atlanta duo released a single called ‘The Home Boy’s Hanging Out’. Seven years later, they returned with a 13-track LP which featured production by the late MC Breed. Not classic, but the album featured some social commentary and…attitude!
Sister Souljah – 360 Degrees Of Power – Epic – 1992
‘If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?’. Sister Souljah will not be remembered for the most diplomatic quotes. The line even inspired Bill Clinton to condemn certain rap music during the 1992 presidential elections. She was a hardliner. This album is too. Made under the wings of Public Enemy, it featured Chuck D and also Ice Cube. Sister Souljah wrote four novels and an autobiography.