Last year, the irreverent hit series known as ego trip's The (White) Rapper Show met head-on the trials and tribulations that Caucasian rappers (a minority in African-American-created hip-hop culture) go through on a daily basis. This time around, this exciting and ever-expanding series explores the intriguing plight of yet another disenfranchised group in the rap game--the female MC.
Female rappers have always had it tough in the male-dominated world of hip-hop. Striving to be heard and respected, hard-working '80s pioneers like Pebbly-Poo, MC Lyte, Roxanne Shante and Queen Latifah made it possible for future generations of lady lyricists to be seen and heard.
However, even with the late '90/early '00s success of today's household names like Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim, Da Brat, Eve and Lauryn Hill, the female rap game is in jeopardy... and even Alex Trebek knows it. In 2004, the Recording Academy nixed the best female rap artist category due to a shortage of eligible entries. The image of the female rap genre has taken further lumps in recent times as the once-reigning Lauryn Hill has inexplicably watched her career nosedive, BK bad girls Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown have both gotten locked up and Remy Ma has become the first female rapper ever to be accused of shooting somebody.
So what's going on with female rap's future and who will be the next great lady emcee?
These questions will be answered in the new VH1 series