Divided they fall:Female rappers

It is upsetting to see that female rappers in the hip hop industry fall under the umbrella of “divide and conquer” instead of “united we stand”. As females we were taught at a young age how to be strong, courageous, and fearless. We were also taught that the best way to overcome any obstacle is by standing together,but that doesn’t seem like case anymore for the females in today’s hip-hop world. Female rappers once identified themselves, as well as there counterparts, as ” Black Nubian Queens and Princesses”. The rappers of the late 80s to early 90s like Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Salt and Peppa represented a power movement,  a term of endearment,  a sisterhood. Sadly, as the times change so did the meaning of sisterhood in hip-hop.
Today, for a woman to be considered a respectable emcee, she has not only sale herself through her lyrics but also as a sex symbol. For kids growing up in the 90s era, we had two of the best female emcees to ever touch a microphone, Lil Kim and Foxy Brown. These two women not only set the bar high in producing unbelievably great lyrics and music but the images they both displayed was also something that had to be matched or topped from the female rappers of today.
Lil Kim and Foxy Brown both had amazing rap careers which led to one of the most remembered hip-hop feuds. Due to this feud, a divide was formed “Team Kim v. Team Foxy”. But when this feud died and both ladies disappeared from the rap industry, the “throne” was vacant and someone new took over, and that person is Nicki Minaj.
In my opinion, all three female rappers brings something different to the table when it comes to lyrics, style and entertainment, but Lil Kim will always be the best female rapper of my era, and Nicki Minaj is the best female rapper of this era.  So why is it so difficult to pay homage to each other and then move on? Will the sisterhood of hip hop ever be restored?

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