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Can’t Stop Won’t Stop meets Girls to the Front in this essential and long overdue history of hip-hop’s female pioneers and its enduring stars. 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 primarily on men, glaringly omitting a thorough and respectful examination of the presence and contrib Can’t Stop Won’t Stop meets Girls to the Front in this essential and long overdue history of hip-hop’s female pioneers and its enduring stars. 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 primarily on men, glaringly omitting a thorough and respectful examination of the presence and contribution of the genre’s female artists.   For far too long, women in hip-hop have been relegated to the shadows, viewed as the designated “First Lady” thrown a contract, a pawn in some beef, or even worse. But as Kathy Iandoli makes clear, the reality is very different. Today, hip-hop is dominated by successful women such as Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, yet there are scores of female artists whose influence continues to resonate. God Save the Queens pays tribute to the women of hip-hop—from the early work of Roxanne Shante, to hitmakers like Queen Latifah and Missy Elliot, to the superstars of today. 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.


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Can’t Stop Won’t Stop meets Girls to the Front in this essential and long overdue history of hip-hop’s female pioneers and its enduring stars. 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 primarily on men, glaringly omitting a thorough and respectful examination of the presence and contrib Can’t Stop Won’t Stop meets Girls to the Front in this essential and long overdue history of hip-hop’s female pioneers and its enduring stars. 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 primarily on men, glaringly omitting a thorough and respectful examination of the presence and contribution of the genre’s female artists.   For far too long, women in hip-hop have been relegated to the shadows, viewed as the designated “First Lady” thrown a contract, a pawn in some beef, or even worse. But as Kathy Iandoli makes clear, the reality is very different. Today, hip-hop is dominated by successful women such as Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, yet there are scores of female artists whose influence continues to resonate. God Save the Queens pays tribute to the women of hip-hop—from the early work of Roxanne Shante, to hitmakers like Queen Latifah and Missy Elliot, to the superstars of today. 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.

30 review for God Save the Queens: The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop

  1. 4 out of 5

    J Wells

    The book was a 3, the experience I created for myself while reading the book was a 5. I don't always read other reviewer's reviews before I start reading but for this one I did and there was one reviewer who said that they felt as if they were dropped in the middle of a conversation and you had to know every name to make sense. I mostly agree BUT..... that gave me an incentive to get the most out of the book as I could. I turned this book into an interactive experience (as I write this I am liste The book was a 3, the experience I created for myself while reading the book was a 5. I don't always read other reviewer's reviews before I start reading but for this one I did and there was one reviewer who said that they felt as if they were dropped in the middle of a conversation and you had to know every name to make sense. I mostly agree BUT..... that gave me an incentive to get the most out of the book as I could. I turned this book into an interactive experience (as I write this I am listening to Lil' Kim's Hard Core) I took notes of artists I was not familiar with and starting listening to their albums, I put the movie Roxanne Roxanne in my Netflix queue, and I now enjoy the music and artistry of The Lady of Rage whom I had never heard before. It does help if you are already a fan of this music genre because it is easy to get lost as the author does skip around alot and is conversational in her writing style perhaps forgetting who her audience may be. However, reading this opened up a bunch of doors for me musically and filled in some musical gaps and for that I applaud the book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    This book is a reward for stepping into the unknown and trying something you're not sure is your cup of tea. What a fascinating look at the pioneers of a genre of music that until this book was completely alien to me. After reading about all the triumphs and missteps of all these women brave enough to follow their passion, you can't help but cheer them on and then broaden your horizons and seek out their music. A special thank you to Dey Street Books, Harper Collins Publishers and the brilliant a This book is a reward for stepping into the unknown and trying something you're not sure is your cup of tea. What a fascinating look at the pioneers of a genre of music that until this book was completely alien to me. After reading about all the triumphs and missteps of all these women brave enough to follow their passion, you can't help but cheer them on and then broaden your horizons and seek out their music. A special thank you to Dey Street Books, Harper Collins Publishers and the brilliant author of this treasure trove of history, Kathy Iandoli.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda McCutcheon

    This book is an eye opening surprisingly touching tribute to both the little known and the well known women of hip hop. God Save The Queens is much more than a text book account of the women in hip hop. It is a thorough look at those who pioneered a new genre of music. Most music historians agree that hip hop originated in the 1970s in Bronx, New York. Sadly, those same historians tend to focus on the men who brought hip hop to the forefront of popular music and forget the women who fought and sa This book is an eye opening surprisingly touching tribute to both the little known and the well known women of hip hop. God Save The Queens is much more than a text book account of the women in hip hop. It is a thorough look at those who pioneered a new genre of music. Most music historians agree that hip hop originated in the 1970s in Bronx, New York. Sadly, those same historians tend to focus on the men who brought hip hop to the forefront of popular music and forget the women who fought and sacrificed to have the world acknowledge hip hop as the cultural phenomenon it became over time. I admit I am not the most knowledgeable person about hip hop. I was a teen living on Long Island when I saw LLCoolJ perform at a college campus. I liked the performance and thought he was very cute. He was still a local performer at the time. As the hip hop movement grew I became aware of groups like N.W.A and RunDMC. My kids are big fans of Tu Pac and Biggie Smalls. Not A woman in the bunch. I became aware of women in hip hop through MTV videos. I thought Salt-N-Pepa were brilliant, Left Eye from TLC was ingenious, but Missy Elliott was truly gifted. When her videos would come on I would stop whatever I was doing to watch and listen to her. It wasn't until I read this book that I became aware of not only all of their struggles to succeed in this music genre but the struggles of the women who shoulders they stand on when they perform. I never heard of Cindy Campbell, known to some as the founding mother of hip hop in the Bronx, who made flyers and put them all over her neighborhood to get people to come and see her and her male counterparts perform. Sadly, there were times the men left no time for her to come to the stage. Then there is Kellogg who was one of the first females to actually battle the male rappers. She took no prisoners and instead of being respected for her battle talent the men often ostracized her because of their own insecurities. If it wasn't for this book bringing these women to our attention, making sure their names appear in a written document on the history of hip hop, they would remain unknown to future generations. The book has some great stories about the more well known female rappers like Lil Kim and Foxy Brown. There is current dirt on Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. The writer doesn't miss a beat. Besides being extremely informative the book is a fun and fulfilling journey of these creative women conquering a male dominated field. The author, Kathy Iandoli, writes this book like having a conversation. I never felt I was reading a text book listing facts. It was more like reading a love letter to these remarkable brave women. They had to fight to be heard and taken seriously and often lost the battle but they did win the war. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher DeyStreet Books/Harper Collins for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stuart Rodriguez

    I really enjoyed this book. Iandoli does a great job of examining the history and impact of women in hip-hop, through well-researched histories and copious interviews.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jay Gabler

    A genre that women helped to invent, but that persistently excludes them from narratives of its history. A genre where women have been standout performers at every juncture, but where they rarely achieve the commercial or critical attention men to. A genre where women are constantly breaking the mold, only to find the industry squeezing them back into stereotypes. A genre where many tracks regarded as classics traffic in rampant misogyny. A genre where female artists are abused and marginalized A genre that women helped to invent, but that persistently excludes them from narratives of its history. A genre where women have been standout performers at every juncture, but where they rarely achieve the commercial or critical attention men to. A genre where women are constantly breaking the mold, only to find the industry squeezing them back into stereotypes. A genre where many tracks regarded as classics traffic in rampant misogyny. A genre where female artists are abused and marginalized by peers and producers, and where women of color are particularly vulnerable despite being particularly accomplished. But enough about rock and roll, let's talk about hip-hop. I reviewed God Save the Queens for The Current.

  6. 5 out of 5

    kat

    Tell me if you've heard this one before: If you're a woman, you can be either beautiful or talented, but not both. If you're a woman who wants to be taken seriously, you have to dress the part (in this case, tape down your boobs, wear baggy clothing, shave your head, hide behind a ball cap, etc.). If you're a woman who wants to express her sexuality, you're either a depraved whore or there's some man in the background pulling all the strings. This book was truly a loving celebration of the women Tell me if you've heard this one before: If you're a woman, you can be either beautiful or talented, but not both. If you're a woman who wants to be taken seriously, you have to dress the part (in this case, tape down your boobs, wear baggy clothing, shave your head, hide behind a ball cap, etc.). If you're a woman who wants to express her sexuality, you're either a depraved whore or there's some man in the background pulling all the strings. This book was truly a loving celebration of the women in hip hop, and an implicit condemnation of hip hop culture (and toxic masculinity in general) itself. Honestly, it's amazing there even are women in hip hop.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rochelle Hickey

    I did not finish this book. I really wanted to like it but I only made it to part one. The writing felt like I walked into the middle of a conversation and was left asking questions because it assumes you know every single name dropped and their associations with hip-hop. It swaps between the narrator’s history with hip-hop (radio stations and record shops) and the beginning of hip-hop. It was a table-side one way conversation that couldn’t hold me. I feel like if it was written by any of the wo I did not finish this book. I really wanted to like it but I only made it to part one. The writing felt like I walked into the middle of a conversation and was left asking questions because it assumes you know every single name dropped and their associations with hip-hop. It swaps between the narrator’s history with hip-hop (radio stations and record shops) and the beginning of hip-hop. It was a table-side one way conversation that couldn’t hold me. I feel like if it was written by any of the women she talks about it would have been more descriptive and interesting. Thank you to Harper Collins for giving me an advanced readers copy for my unbiased and honest opinion.

  8. 5 out of 5

    dirt

    Sadly, this book is too short because there were few mainstream women rappers. Kathy seamlessly traced women's role in the creation of hip-hop to the present. Most of the book focused on the contributions of Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, and Missy Elliot because that was who you had to choose from. Sadly, this book is too short because there were few mainstream women rappers. Kathy seamlessly traced women's role in the creation of hip-hop to the present. Most of the book focused on the contributions of Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, and Missy Elliot because that was who you had to choose from.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shane

    I appreciated that this talked about overarching trends in addition to just profiling the major (and some of the lesser known) players. Very readable and I've got a list of new people to listen to. I appreciated that this talked about overarching trends in addition to just profiling the major (and some of the lesser known) players. Very readable and I've got a list of new people to listen to.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kira

    Amazing. Hands down a must read. This really dives into the history of battle rapping women who laid the groundwork for our current women in hip hop. Any music lover can appreciate this and with the amount of songs mentioned throughout it makes a great playlist. I can’t stop listening to all these powerful women and I’ve even found some new old stuff. Thank you Kathy for writing about women in hip hop.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carla Cherry

    A fascinating, comprehensive history of women in hip hop from the 1970s to the present.

  12. 5 out of 5

    BiblioGeek

    So, Kathy Iandoli is pretty thorough here, in terms of including a significant number of female MCs. It's clear that she's done some research here - interviewing MCs and others who were first-hand witnesses to the rise and fall of various artists. I particularly loved her retelling of how Roxanne Shante's career started, and ultimately, how it fizzled out. But the book seems a bit uneven to me. In that, she seems to place a lot of emphasis on the beefs between the MCs. And while she provides foc So, Kathy Iandoli is pretty thorough here, in terms of including a significant number of female MCs. It's clear that she's done some research here - interviewing MCs and others who were first-hand witnesses to the rise and fall of various artists. I particularly loved her retelling of how Roxanne Shante's career started, and ultimately, how it fizzled out. But the book seems a bit uneven to me. In that, she seems to place a lot of emphasis on the beefs between the MCs. And while she provides focus and detail on SOME MCs (Shante', Lauryn, Lil' Kim), others are mentioned peripherally (MC Lyte, Latifah, Rapsody). The book is good, though. I wonder what else is out there that addresses this topic...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julie Rowse

    This one took me a while to finish for two reasons. First, it is deceptively dense in its thoroughness. Second, I wanted to stop after every artist I'd never heard of and listen to their music. The parts that covered artists I knew flew by, but when I'd encounter an artist I didn't (which was MOST of them...I am embarrassed at my ignorance), I'd slow down and really try to digest what I was reading. If you like rap and hip-hop, this is a must. This one took me a while to finish for two reasons. First, it is deceptively dense in its thoroughness. Second, I wanted to stop after every artist I'd never heard of and listen to their music. The parts that covered artists I knew flew by, but when I'd encounter an artist I didn't (which was MOST of them...I am embarrassed at my ignorance), I'd slow down and really try to digest what I was reading. If you like rap and hip-hop, this is a must.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Douglas

    An outstanding work. It was a comprehensive book that was part well-researched history with names, dates, and places; and, part observation provided by people (including the author) who were there. The author laid out how women have always been a part of hip-hop and connected the line from Cindy Campbell to Megan Thee Stallion. It could have used a timeline, discography, and/or list of players at the end.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jon Allanson

    An excellent oral history of the women who helped create and transform rap music. I lived through so much of the music discussed in these pages that at times the nostalgia was almost overwhelming, in a very positive way. Great stories retold by someone who was there, with interviews with many music luminaries. Recommended.

  16. 4 out of 5

    shannon

    An in-depth look at the women who helped build the hip-hop genre. This book made me realize I should have been a music journalist, what a great career!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Porscha

    Enlightening.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Edel Malene

    sir juicy j give Gangsta Boo and La Chat their money back immediately or else

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shercole

    Perfection. I absolutely loved this book! The stories are everything!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Klaphake

    Exactly what I wanted to know about women and hip-hop history. Easy read, too.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I’m not the audience for this but it was kind of interesting.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    As the subtitle says, this is the "essential history of women in Hip-Hop". While I may not listen to much Hip-Hop today, in the 90s and 00s it was a big part of what I listened to. This felt like a lovely walk down memory lane, thinking about how I was this young White girl growing up in rural Pacific Northwest, listening to my older brother's CDs, thinking I related to the struggle of women in rap even though I had no idea what they were saying. Queen Latifah, Salt n Pepa, TLC, Da Brat, Missy E As the subtitle says, this is the "essential history of women in Hip-Hop". While I may not listen to much Hip-Hop today, in the 90s and 00s it was a big part of what I listened to. This felt like a lovely walk down memory lane, thinking about how I was this young White girl growing up in rural Pacific Northwest, listening to my older brother's CDs, thinking I related to the struggle of women in rap even though I had no idea what they were saying. Queen Latifah, Salt n Pepa, TLC, Da Brat, Missy E, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Trina, Eve, the list goes on and on. Women I remember featuring on a big rapper's album, never to really be heard of again. What I found interesting about this history is that it showcases how the music industry looked down upon and "othered" Hip-Hop, and because of this struggle, women within the genre were "othered" by the men, seen as competition, and kept from success. This book gives great perspective on the intersectionality of race and gender in the music industry. Not only that, women were made to feel threatened any time a new woman rose in the game, so each new generation came with beef. After finishing this book I went on Amazon Music and found so many amazing comprehensive playlists of Hip-Hop legends, which was severely lacking in female representation, which is so disrespectful. My favorite section of this book is when the author discusses Lauryn Hill. Miseducation remains to this day my favorite album of all time and yet I had no real idea what Ms. Hill went through to make that album and why even in the height of success she walked away from it all. This book also gives homage to the first ladies of Hip-Hop in the 80s, and the new generations we have seen with Nicky Minaj and Cardi B, but my favorite section is the middle which pertains to all the Hip-Hop Queens I loved in my youth.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    A great book that takes a deep dive into the women who have been involved in hip hop since its beginnings. This is a great look on hip hop history as a whole with a great overview and discussion of artists that are constantly overlooked in hip hop documentaries. The book is a complete look at the history of women in hip hop. The writing style is unique but the author is very passionate about the subject and the inclusion of personal stories at time helps the narrative, in my opinion. It is hard fo A great book that takes a deep dive into the women who have been involved in hip hop since its beginnings. This is a great look on hip hop history as a whole with a great overview and discussion of artists that are constantly overlooked in hip hop documentaries. The book is a complete look at the history of women in hip hop. The writing style is unique but the author is very passionate about the subject and the inclusion of personal stories at time helps the narrative, in my opinion. It is hard for me to stress what a great accomplishment this book is. It serves as a complete primer on the history of women in hip hop and makes a good case for why many of these artists are great. I never would have thought Salt n Pepa would deserve a place in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame prior to reading this book. After reading the authors description of their influence and success, I find myself wondering why they are not already in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. If you have an interest in hip hop history you will likely enjoy this book. The author conducts many interviews with artists I doubt you will see covered in any other book such as Gangsta Boo, Da Brat and Lady of Rage. I was able to get the full story on things I have wondered about for a long time (such as Eve’s involvement with the Roots). I would love to see a sequel to this book that includes song by song coverage of classic hip hop albums by women in addition to coverage of the few things missing in this one (Honestly everything was covered, I was hoping for coverage of Suga T, K. Flay, Lady Sovereign and the 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors but I am sure I was the only one) Great book that is highly recommended for fans of hip hop history, or music lovers that like to read about ignored areas of music history.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    God Save the Queens ~ The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop by Kathy Iandoli Published October 22, 2019 <3 This brought back so many memories! I was backflipping down memory lane with the artists, songs, drama and chart makers. There needs to be a part two with pics of all the artists and talent mentioned with a disc with all the music and movies mentioned throughout this well researched book. It was so well done! #MUSIC #SOCIOLOGY #WOMENSTUDIES #NONFICTION #colorism #sexuality #doublestandards God Save the Queens ~ The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop by Kathy Iandoli Published October 22, 2019 <3 This brought back so many memories! I was backflipping down memory lane with the artists, songs, drama and chart makers. There needs to be a part two with pics of all the artists and talent mentioned with a disc with all the music and movies mentioned throughout this well researched book. It was so well done! #MUSIC #SOCIOLOGY #WOMENSTUDIES #NONFICTION #colorism #sexuality #doublestandards #sexism #violence #mentalhealth #LaurenHill #Cardib #LilKim #Bahamadia #Roxanne #FaithEvans #RemyMa #NickiMinaj #RahDigga #Eve #mclyte #QueenLatifah 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 primarily on men, glaringly omitting a thorough and respectful examination of the presence and contribution of the genre's female artists. For far too long, women in hip-hop have been relegated to the shadows, viewed as the designated "First Lady" thrown a contract, a pawn in some beef, or even worse. But as Kathy Iandoli makes clear, the reality is very different. Today, hip-hop is dominated by successful women such as Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, yet there are scores of female artists whose influence continues to resonate. God Save the Queens pays tribute to the women of hip-hop—from the early work of Roxanne Shante, to hitmakers like Queen Latifah and Missy Elliot, to the superstars of today. 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Magie

    While my personal reading experience was a three star, I acknowledge that it is possible that since I was in a bit of a reading slump/fatigue when reading it likely had an overall effect on my experience. Therefore I am giving it a four star rating because this is a incredibly well researched book that you can tell the author has a true passion for the subject. She does a great job of documenting the history of women in hip-hop from the late 70's to current day, discussing mainstream artists we While my personal reading experience was a three star, I acknowledge that it is possible that since I was in a bit of a reading slump/fatigue when reading it likely had an overall effect on my experience. Therefore I am giving it a four star rating because this is a incredibly well researched book that you can tell the author has a true passion for the subject. She does a great job of documenting the history of women in hip-hop from the late 70's to current day, discussing mainstream artists we know well and bringing up many lesser known and underrated names. As a white woman born in 1990 and raised in the midwest my exposure to rap and hip-hop was limited and so I learned so much about artists and the industry as a whole for women throughout the decades. I really liked the amount that the author spent on Lauryn Hill, because my knowledge of her is very surface level and while I like songs of hers I never knew the journey she went on as a female artist during the late 90's. It at times was repetitive and hard to keep up with all the information being given to you, but overall it is a vastly interesting book that I'd recommend.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Enjoyed reading this. If you enjoy magazine features, especially about music, you will have fun reading this. I was a little skeptical about a white woman writing about hip-hop (which she mentions in the first few pages), but I put that aside and out of my mind as I read. Iandoli’s knowledge and background are backed through interviews she has with artists, producers and more. (It’s heavy on the interviews.) I think she did a great job in covering well known events/beefs while not losing site of Enjoyed reading this. If you enjoy magazine features, especially about music, you will have fun reading this. I was a little skeptical about a white woman writing about hip-hop (which she mentions in the first few pages), but I put that aside and out of my mind as I read. Iandoli’s knowledge and background are backed through interviews she has with artists, producers and more. (It’s heavy on the interviews.) I think she did a great job in covering well known events/beefs while not losing site of an artist’s environment or what what going on around that time. I enjoyed so many things about this book including hip-hop first ladies, young MCs and rappers trying to make a name and way for themselves. Even the famous female rapper beefs. Something else I applaud Iandoli for was the mention of LGBT+ rappers and artists. I would love to see an update to this a few years down the line either as book two or extension of this one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily Nelms Chastain

    I’m not sure what it was that drew my eye to this book but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It contains some interesting background in how women have had to fight their way to the table of hip hop. I really enjoyed reading about how Salt-N-Pepa, TLC, Lauryn Hill, and Missy Elliott saw the world for what it was and demanded to make their art despite the labels and producers around them. I forgot how rich their narratives were and how incredibly intelligent their craft was (and I’m not sure what it was that drew my eye to this book but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It contains some interesting background in how women have had to fight their way to the table of hip hop. I really enjoyed reading about how Salt-N-Pepa, TLC, Lauryn Hill, and Missy Elliott saw the world for what it was and demanded to make their art despite the labels and producers around them. I forgot how rich their narratives were and how incredibly intelligent their craft was (and is) and how they helped create space and story for other women. This is a great reminder that when I think it’s hard for women in the Church, there are other spaces that are even harder to navigate your own self and practice at the table.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    3.5 stars: I liked the fact that this book assumed that you'd either know the names being discussed or you'd take the time to learn about them yourself since this book wasn't meant to introduce the women of hip hop but instead to tie their stories together into a broader narrative. I found the question of "who is the one" to run counter to the argument that there should be room for more than one superstar or type of superstar among women in hip hop. Also, the balance of who got space in the book 3.5 stars: I liked the fact that this book assumed that you'd either know the names being discussed or you'd take the time to learn about them yourself since this book wasn't meant to introduce the women of hip hop but instead to tie their stories together into a broader narrative. I found the question of "who is the one" to run counter to the argument that there should be room for more than one superstar or type of superstar among women in hip hop. Also, the balance of who got space in the book felt over-influenced by who she got interviews with - let's hear more about Missy or Salt N Pepa and less about Remy Ma, for example. But overall a really fun read that sent me on many listening journeys.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Molly Roach

    God Save the Queens: The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop by Kathy Iandoli This was a really interesting read, but I definitely itly had to keep google handy because Iandoli writes as if her audience has pretty extensive background knowledge of rap/Hip-Hop. There’s a huge amount of artists in these pages and I think it’s pretty telling that while I knew most of the male artists that were offhandedly mentioned, I was unaware of the majority of the women. It’s incredible to see just how many God Save the Queens: The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop by Kathy Iandoli This was a really interesting read, but I definitely itly had to keep google handy because Iandoli writes as if her audience has pretty extensive background knowledge of rap/Hip-Hop. There’s a huge amount of artists in these pages and I think it’s pretty telling that while I knew most of the male artists that were offhandedly mentioned, I was unaware of the majority of the women. It’s incredible to see just how many ladies were at the forefront of rap and hip hop music at its beginining and all the way through today. This books shines a light on how hip hop was shaped by women, yet they are overshadowed in almost every conversation. This is feminist reading. 4/5⭐️

  30. 5 out of 5

    Miriam T

    This was really unexpectedly good. I don’t have vast hip hop historical knowledge so I was expecting a lot of this to go over my head and just be name dropping left and right, but it really was a narrative-driven story about how a handful of young women got into and rose (and fell, for some) within the hip hop world. How they fought for their voices, their right to exist in the male-dominated industry, their race to be “the one woman in the crew.” It was a really comprehensive story. It’s so fas This was really unexpectedly good. I don’t have vast hip hop historical knowledge so I was expecting a lot of this to go over my head and just be name dropping left and right, but it really was a narrative-driven story about how a handful of young women got into and rose (and fell, for some) within the hip hop world. How they fought for their voices, their right to exist in the male-dominated industry, their race to be “the one woman in the crew.” It was a really comprehensive story. It’s so fascinating to have a better historical and cultural understanding of how cardi, Meg the stallion, nicki Minaj all fit into the larger picture and what influences they’ve drawn from. I enjoyed this a lot.

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