Women have always been a presence in male-founded hip-hop groups, or as female solo artists have been closely affiliated with a network of male musicians. There have been respectable showings in spite of those parameters: Ms. Rare, however, have been the mixed-gender groups where men and women contribute equally to the artistic output. Even rarer have been songs from those groups that feature a woman as the sole performer.
According to industry lore, it was the last song produced for the album, a late addition to balance the otherwise rap-heavy lineup. Even Roberta Flack loves it. Those are iconic accomplishments for any artist wanting to be recognized and appreciated for his or her work. Hill showed young black women that there was room to be vulnerable and assertive, classic and contemporary, hip-hop and soulful, and she demonstrated that to us in a song many of us now play for our daughters. For a generation of black women, that record dominated life, spoke to our souls, and stays in regular rotation as its own year anniversary creeps up on the calendar.
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It was a time when hip-hop was the vanguard of versatility, and artists—not just rappers, but artists—prided themselves on creating music that made them distinct, which in turn let them reach distinct audiences. Hill chose to speak to us, we on the black girl spectrum from browned butter to burnished mahogany with our thick hair and thick lips and thick bodies. At the time, no middle or high-school talent show was safe from at least one performed rendition of the song. Only the most skilled of singers could get close to making the matrix of notes at the bridge sound as crisp and effortless as Hill could.
What the song did, besides entertain us, was give black girls a voice in spaces where, at least most of the time, we had to leverage, strategize, and straight up fight for power. For Hill, that space was a male-dominated genre in a male-dominated music industry. For us, it was our classrooms, our homes, our streets, our own cultural community.
Women have always been a presence in male-founded hip-hop groups, or as female solo artists have been closely affiliated with a network of male musicians. There have been respectable showings in spite of those parameters: Ms.
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