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A Tribute to the Queens of 90s Hip-Hop: From the Golden Era & Beyond

In the intricate tapestry of hip hop’s evolutionary history, the female presence has been a luminous force, shaping the genre’s essence and perpetuating its legacy globally. From the pioneering days of Jackie O, Salt n Pepa, and The Real Roxanne to the golden era icons like MC Lyte, Lil Kim, Queen Latifah, Lauryn Hill, and Missy Elliot, each era showcased remarkable women who not only elevated rap music in their respected genre, but also championed social awareness and empowerment, particularly for black women in a time where their voices weren’t being heard. They shattered stereotypes, defied objectification, and paved the way for a new narrative and view of strength and resilience of women in hip hop.

Though there were so many pockets of femcee’s from every region that paved the way for the ladies to dominate the stages and airways, the ones listed above truly inspired and pushed forward a generation of social awareness and evolution for all women, but specifically, women in the black community. This was instrumental in a genre of music that is male dominated and where women have historically been objectified. Their fierce voices helped dissolve the stigma of the feminine presence in hip hop.

Beyond being muses, models, dancers, or leading ladies-they set the precedent that women have the power and voice to be revolutionaries in the narration of black struggle, black love, and black evolution.

Today, the echoes of their influence resonate in the artistry of Nicki Minaj, Meg Thee Stallion, Rhapsody, Cardi B, Remy Ma, and others, who carry forth the torch ignited by their predecessors. These popular contemporary femcees, descendants of the trailblazing queens of the 90s, continue to redefine and elevate the genre, propelling hip hop to unprecedented heights on a global scale. 

A Tribute to the Queens of 90s Hip Hop: April 5th at Music Farm

Extra Chill’s tribute to the Queens of 90s Hip-Hop is not just a celebration of their individual legacies but a recognition of their collective impact on a culture that still thrives on not only innovation and authenticity, but voices that guide and speak for a generation through music.

These Queens have not only enriched the music landscape with unforgettable songs, collaborations, and trends but have also granted women the respect and recognition they rightfully deserve as indelible influencers in this vibrant and ever-evolving art form, be it musically, socially, financially, etc. 

Join us on April 5th at the Music Farm in Charleston, SC as we honor this divine feminine legacy in hip-hop, with performances by Toni Esther, Joi Giovanni, Hood Badu, GiRL, DJ Mosiac, and more. Let us come together to pay homage to these queens whose influence continues to shape the very essence of hip hop culture.

Tickets here!