We’re very fortunate to live during an era that has seen a major resurgence of good female emcees. Angel Haze, Rapsody, Nitty Scott MC, Azealia Banks and Nicki Minaj are just a few of the talents roaming the rap industry currently. But these dynamic dames didn’t invent the wheel, there was a slew of talented ladies that came before them. Société Perrier already took the time to check out where some of the male rappers from the ’90s ended up, but wouldn’t you like to know where the first wave of female MCs are today?
Of course you do, take a peek below.
Hit Song: “Can I Get A…”
Height of Success: 1998, but mostly through being Jay-Z’s protégé
Where Is She Now: After being dropped by Roc-a-Fella records, and reportedly working at Macy’s, the rapper recently tried a shot at a comeback with her 2012 mixtape A Time to Kill.
Hit Songs: “Monie in the Middle” and “It’s a Shame (My Sister)”
Height Of Success: 1988-1993
Where Is She Now: Love maintains her charismatic personality on the hit XM Satellite radio show called Ladies First Radio as the principal host.
Hit Songs: “Roxanne’s Revenge” and “Loosey’s Rap”
Height Of Success: 1988-1990
Where Is She Now: After serving as a pioneer in the hip-hop industry for other female rappers, Shanté quit the scene at the tender age of 25. Years later she reported she had received a Ph.D. in psychology, but that was revealed to be a lie.
Hit Song: “Give It 2 You”
Height Of Success: 1994
Where Is She Now: After serving 21 months in prison for aggravated assault, Da Brat is attempting a music comeback. She is currently working on a web series called Brat Chronicles: In Transition.
Hit Song: Didn’t really have one
Height Of Success: 1992, though she wasn’t all that successful
Where are they now: Souljah became a celebrated writer. Her second novel was a New York Times bestseller, and some of her work has appeared in Essence and the New Yorker.
Hit Song: “Get Me Home” and “I’ll Be”
Height Of Success: 1996 with the release of her debut album Ill Na Na
Where Is She Now: After serving some jail time, Brown attempted to reignite her career despite suffering from hearing loss. She was co-signed by longtime fan and fellow Trinidadian Nicki Minaj.
Hit Song: “U.N.I.T.Y.”
Height Of Success: 1990-2007
Where Is She Now: As is well known, Latifah has had a varied and successful career in the entertainment industry. After hip-hop, she tried her hand at comedy and became a successful actress, starring in films like Chicago. She has also become the spokeswoman for companies like CoverGirl and Jenny Craig.
Hit Song: “No Time,” “Crush On You,” “Not Tonight,” and “Lady Marmalade”
Height Of Success: 1996 and 2001
Where Is She Now: Kim has had a career with many ups and downs. In the last few years she has served jail time, has been the spokeswoman for various brands, has been involved with various charities, and has held a long-running feud with fellow rappers Foxy Brown and Nicki Minaj.
Hit Song: She had many, including “Hot Boyz,” “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It,” and “Lose Control”
Height Of Success: 1996-2007
Where Is She Now: Elliott left the industry for some time after dealing with a severe case of an autoimmune disease. She released two singles in 2012 through iTunes, but has remained mostly out of the limelight.
Hit Song: “Ruffneck”
Height Of Success: Her fourth studio album Ain’t No Other reached gold status in 1993
Where Is She Now: Lyte is the first African American to serve as President of The Recording Academy’s Los Angeles Chapter, a position she holds till this day.
That’s only ten emcees in a long line of female hip-hop superstars. Any others come to mind that Société Perrier might have missed?