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MC Lyte Talks About the Lack of Female Rappers in Mainstream

The female voice in Hip Hop has played an important role in the continued success of the culture since its early days.

Groundbreaking artists like Roxanne Shanté, Sha-Rock, Sister Souljah, Queen Latifah, and MC Lyte paved the way for the following generation of femcees like Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliott, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Eve, and then eventually Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Azealia Banks, and Angel Haze. 

While women in Hip Hop have produced chart topping singles and classic albums over the last three decades, major labels are still not signing the lyrical ladies at the same rate as their male counterparts.

Evidence of this difference is the fact that in 2010 only 3 female rappers were signed to a major label record deal; at one point there were 40. Subsequently, there was not one solo album by a female rapper that broke into the top 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart in 2013.

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