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On the Road: 4-12 "Ladies First": Women of Hip-Hop

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"Ladies First": Women of Hip-Hop

Suggested Grade Level: 4-12

This research guide serves as a resource for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Education Department course, "Ladies First": Women of Hip-Hop. For additional information on the course and for more teacher resources, see:  http://www.rockhall.com/education/distance-learning/courses/WWR-Hip-Hop/

This class illustrates the complicated and changing roles of women in hip-hop.  From early pioneers, to the game-changing artists of hip-hop’s second wave, to today’s leading innovators, women have continually (and effectively) worked to have their voices heard in a genre too often dominated by men.   By exploring representative songs from artists such as Roxanne Shanté, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, Missy Elliott, and Nicki Minaj, students will examine the undeniable, yet often overlooked, impact and influence of women in hip-hop – then and now.

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Rock Hall Video

Spinderella spoke and performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum on February 15, 2012. In this clip, she demonstrates one of the sets she used to spin in her earliest days as a member of Salt-n-Pepa.

Objectives

These resources, pulled from class discussion and selected from the Library and Archives' collections, will help you to:

  • Consider 
women’s 
roles 
in 
the 
development
 of 
hip‐hop.
  • Identify
 leading
 female 
MCs.
  • Analyze 
the 
messages 
conveyed
 in the
 music of 
artists 
discussed.

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YouTube Videos

Kangol Kid and Roxanne Shante, "Roxanne, Roxanne" / "Roxanne's Revenge" / "Have A Nice Day," Central Park

MC Lyte, "Cha Cha Cha"

Queen Latifah, featuring Monie Love, "Ladies First"

Salt-N-Pepa, "Expression"

Missy Elliott, "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" [Video]

Nicki Minaj, "Moment 4 Life," live at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend
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