In 2019, female rappers are dominating the music industry—Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, and Megan Thee Stallion are just a few of the major names in hip-hop.
From massive radio hits to worldwide tours, female rappers are no longer unknown voices featured on a male artist’s track to entice listeners, but rather the headlining talent.
The recognition is long overdue because during the genre’s history, women in hip-hop have been relegated to the shadows, viewed as the designated “First Lady,” a pawn in some beef, or even worse. And every history of hip-hop previously published, from Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop Won’t Stop to Shea Serrano’s The Rap Yearbook, focuses exclusively on men, glaringly omitting a respectful and thorough examination of the presence and contribution of the genre’s female artists.
Now, critically acclaimed journalist and author Kathy Iandoli, is flipping the narrative in GOD SAVE THE QUEENS: The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop.
Incredibly connected in this space, Iandoli has interviewed the likes of Nicki Minaj, Lil’ Kim, Remy Ma, Rapsody, Gangsta Boo, and many others.
Covering it all, from the early work of Roxanne Shante, to hitmakers like Queen Latifah and Missy Elliot, to the superstars of today, GOD SAVE THE QUEENS is the first book to fully capture this history. Exploring issues of gender, money, sexuality, violence, body image, feuds, objectification, and more, GOD SAVE THE QUEENS is an important and monumental work of music journalism that at last gives these influential female artists the respect they have long deserved.