Curated By: Girl TylerNowadays we’re accustomed to seeing Black female rappers dominate the music industry. With countless #1 records, partnerships with major brands, and millions of followers on social media, these women rightfully earned their place in modern music history. Back in the day, this wasn’t the case.In the 1980s, 1990s and even early 2000s, women with dreams of making it big in rap endured countless barriers because of their gender and the color of their skin. Although the industry is historically male-dominatied, women will forever be the heartbeat of hip hop. Before the City Girls were in training pants and Saweetie learned to drive, old school female MCs broke through barriers to top the charts and revolutionize popular culture with authentic style that only a Black girl can pull off. The Queens of Rap playlist is an ode to the baddest chicks in the game rocking their own chain. Their tone and technique may sound a little familiar. That’s because they inspired all of your favorite artists!U.N.I.T.Y. by Queen LatifahParty Ain’t A Party by Queen PenRuffneck by MC LyteNone of Your Business by Salt-N-PepaYou Can’t Play with My Yo-Yo by Yo-Yo ft. Ice CubeGet Me Home by Foxy Brown ft. BlackstreetNot Tonight by Lil Kim ft. Da Brat, Left Eye, Missy Elliot, and Angie MartinezFunkdafiedby Da BratLove is Blind by EveRoxanne’s Revenge by Roxanne ShanteConceited by Remy MaPull Over by TrinaAfro Puffs by The Lady of RageGettin’ Some by ShawnnaSmile 4 Me by AmilWhat They Call Me by Rah DiggaWhatcha Wanna Doby Mia X5 O’Clock by Nonchalant4, 5, 6 by Solé ft. Kandi and JT MoneyDown 4 U by Charli Baltimore, Vita, Ashanti, and Ja RuleThe K-Wangby KhiaLadies First by Queen Latifah and Monie LoveListen to the playlist here.