Ladies First: Five Female MCs Rule the Month of November
Queen Latifah, Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown, Rah Digga and Nicki Minaj all dropped debut albums on the 11th month and impacted the game in their own way. Queen Latifah paved the way for generations of empowered femcees, Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown sexualized practically every female rapper in their wake, Rah Digga kept lyricism alive in an era rich with ghostwriters and Nicki Minaj burst on the scene right as femcees were on the brink of extinction.
To commemorate the rapstresses' releases in November, XXL breaks down the role each album played in the evolution of femcees. Who run the world? Girls.—Gina Montana