It’s Ladies Night, what?! Must be the Queens of Hip-Hop on the mic. If you’ve been waiting to see the women who shaped the culture receive their just due in prime-time, here’s your chance. Tonight on ABC some of the biggest names in music will sit down to discuss the incomparable role women have played in shaping all that hip-hop is. The special “The Real Queens of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed the Game,” which takes an intimate look at the evolution and impact of women emcees and rappers, told by the trailblazing artists who helped create a musical and cultural empire will air at 10pm EST.
The all-female interview lineup includes Salt of Salt-N-Pepa, who narrates the special, along with original spoken word performances by the legendary MC Lyte and an original score by WondaGurl. This one-hour program features new interviews from today’s chart-toppers like City Girls, along with pioneers of the ‘70s like “mother of the mic” MC Sha-Rock and stars of the ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s including Da Brat, Eve, Trina and Yo-Yo. The artists will discuss their groundbreaking career moments and what they have learned over the years through behind-the-scenes personal stories.
.@mclyte delivers powerful message on women in hip-hop: “Exceeding all expectations, claiming our rightful spot, in this culture we call hip-hop.”— ABC News (@ABC) October 18, 2021
“Real Queens of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed The Game” airs TONIGHT 10/9c on ABC and stream next day on @hulu. pic.twitter.com/2FOeE0x4DN
“The program also includes a rare intergenerational conversation hosted by radio personality and rapper Angie Martinez with Lakeyah, Lil Mama and Roxanne Shanté who discuss their shared experiences on breaking into a male-dominated industry, the industry placing body and beauty pressure on women in the spotlight and how the internet and social media have changed the rap game,” according to a press release from the network. Ahead of the series premiere of the highly anticipated new series Queens starring Brandy, Eve and Naturi Naughton, “The Real Queen of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed The Game” shows the progression of the art form from its inception in the 70s and 80s to where the genre finds itself now as a worldwide phenomenon.
“I grew up listening to and loving the pioneering work of female emcees and was amazed by how much I learned when previewing this special,” said Marie Nelson, senior vice president of integrated content strategy, ABC News. “With projects like ‘The Real Queens of Hip-Hop,’ ABC News and ABC Entertainment are working to super-serve culturally diverse and multigenerational audiences with authentic and relevant storytelling that widens the lens and places their experiences at the center.”
We love to see the women of hip-hop getting their flowers in every way, shape and form.
What have women in hip-hop given to the culture? Everything. Respect is due. Watch the #RealQueensofHipHop: The Women Who Changed the Game, TONIGHT at 10/9c on ABC + stream next day on @Hulu. pic.twitter.com/yMrxJtzfNA— ABC News (@ABC) October 18, 2021