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Many female rhymers, from Queen Latifah to Nicki Minaj, have destroyed the proverbial glass ceiling to become legends in their own right. In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 3. MC Lyte. Come back each day in March for a new profile. Day 3. 1: Lauryn Hill.
There's no moment quite like when listening Lauryn Hill's vocal prowess on the Fugees' . Longtime collaborator, Pras, describes each moment as an awakening. While we patiently wait for a new effort from Ms. Hill, and as she overcomes adversaries and allegations, we bittersweetly listen to her past work as a member of the Fugees and her classic album, . My mom had me go live with my uncle to get a better education in the suburbs than in the hood.
I met this girl named Marcy. This is the story about the Fugees: I had this vision of me in theses two girl. I still have this vision. Marcy told me, 'I know this girl. She might be a little younger than us.' I was a sophomore at the time. She says, 'She's still in the eighth grade.' I said, 'Eight grade? Cot damn.' She's like, 'But no, you have to meet this girl.
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She just came off the Apollo but don't hold that against her.' She didn't win the Apollo. Back in those days, when something came on television you had to catch it in that moment. So she thought I saw the Apollo, I hadn't. I was like, 'Don't worry about it.' I went to a part of Jersey where she lived .
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She had this innocence about her, but it was genuine. You can tell she was a beast; She was that girl that was emerged with talent. She wasn't rapping back then. She didn't even know how to rap. She was just a singer. She had all this knowledge.
Let's make it happen.' She said, 'I love the opportunity but before I can say yes, I would like for you to meet my mom and her dad.' I think she was only 1. Her parents were very welcoming. I told her parents, 'I'm going to make your daughter a star.' I felt like it was magic.
We didn't know what the fuck we were doing. We felt like we wanted to do something that can inspire people. It came from the love of the art. I grew up listening to pop- rock because that's what my mom let us listen openly. I was familiar with soul but I didn't listen. That, soul, I learned from Lauryn Hill. If you went to her house, she had a room full of vinyls of classic soul music.
When we got to making the first album, I felt like I was back in school. She gave me this new appreciation for music. We were all learning from each other. But the experience was great. We were able to build incredible showmanship.
It was hateful, it was happiness, it was sadness, it was bitterness, it was lust. Summer of '9. 5 was considered a record breaking summer in New York; One of the hottest summer in New York. You mix that with us being so broke.
When we'd get a little bit of extra money we'd go to Kentucky Fried Chicken and get some biscuits; That was our highlight. Lauryn Hill lived in the suburbs. She'd drive her mom's car to come get us.
We all believed: 'This is gonna pop!' But you don't know, you just had to believe.? I heard her sing it for the first in the studio, but I never truly heard her sing it until two or three experiences. There's been two or three experiences in my life and it sounded differently .
It's like seeing or hearing something and your third eye opens. They didn't know they were naked until they ate the food of knowledge; Some interpret that as the first time they had sex.
They were naked all this time. That's what happened when I really first heard her sing it. I remember standing on the stage, playing the keys and she sung the first line.
I was like, 'Oh my God. That's what that is?' I felt that each time, but there are moments . London don't play that shit. There was 2. 00,0. The crowd was looking at us like, 'You fucking clowns.' That girl started singing 'Killing Me Softly'? By the end of the show, it was Kumbaya. It was that impactful.
She had left the group at this point and we didn't know what we were going to do. She calls me and says, 'Listen, I'm going to come down to the studio and I'm going to lay down a reference for you guys, a hook. I give you permission to use my hook, my voice, but I don't want to be a part of this group anymore.' I said, 'Fair enough. No problem.' She said, 'Make sure certain people are not around when I'm there.' I said, 'No problem.' She's laying the reference for 'Ready Or Not' and then she goes into the bridge and she's crying. She stops and says, 'I can't do this anymore,' and leaves. A couple months later she re- joins the group. She said, 'Let's do 'Ready or Not' again 'cause I was crying.
It was emotional.' She goes in the studio to do 'Ready Or Not' again. She was in there five hours doing the hook. Every hit is incredible. But we go back and say, 'There's something about that reference. I don't know if we can touch that.' We end up keeping the reference. That's what the world has come to hear.
There's something about that record. It was 'Was I stupid for leaving college?' It was 'Where's my future? What happens when it doesn't work?' It was 'Should I go back to school and figure out my life?'. Back in the day record companies put you on the road and said, 'Go figure it out.' We were so poor so we had to share a room together. So imagine three individuals in one room for most of the year. You want to make your parents proud.
Then you had elements of outsiders trying to divide what we had. I was always trying to keep peace 'cause I was looking at the bigger picture. I knew there was magic there. But, there are elements in life that you can't control. Without having to talk to them, I know they all feel the same way.
Sometimes you go to a place you can't return to. I heard bits and pieces, then I heard the final produce before it came out, before it was deliver dot record company. It was different from The Fugees, it was a departure but more a distinction. I could't believe what I was hearing. Lauryn Hill needs love. And, love doesn't necessarily romantic love. She needs to be inspired.
She's inspired by love. I don't even think she's tapped into what she's . She's tapped into maybe only 3. She's influenced other rappers – male and female – with her vicious rhymes. Below, a handful of artists who've collaborated with Foxy Brown speak on her artistry and accomplishments.
She carved out a path. Foxy played a big part in rap.
I’m proud to be a part of her success. I hope she comes and does something because people miss Foxy Brown. She doesn’t know this but I only charged her a $1 for the song. This is a smash.' I told them to wait until we got it done first but they wanted to talk about it now.
I said, 'You and Lyor but $0. They thought it was a joke.
I wanted to show them that the best thing can come out of something that's free or something that's pretty much free. When she wanted to add more she wanted Jay to help her with it. Him being a part of her writing and him ghostwriting for her on a lot of things introduced her to many people and also made her one of the top rappers. She wanted to spit a hot rhyme. She wouldn’t just say anything; The bars had to be real hot. She was a little bit more savvy with her lyrics.
Chris Lighty had hooked it ('The Promise') up. She was real professional and energetic. I made the beat with how I felt at the moment, then I worked up the hook and she laid her verses down. You've never heard someone like Foxy. There’s no one else that killed the game like Foxy. We were in the studio when Kim and Brat put it down, but we weren't there when Foxy put it down. Puffy was the mastermind behind it.
Brandy had done something like that . While continuing to inspire, the New Jersey native has conquered different arenas in the game such as music, TV and film. MC Lyte, a legendary female MC and businesswoman herself, has been close friends with Queen Latifah since the beginning of their careers. Below, Lyte shares heartfelt words on their friendship and Queen Latifah's impact. Seems so simple however as I look back, it was that week of hip hop activities that changed our lives forever. De La Soul played 'Princess of the Posse' for me in a downtown studio prior to it's release.
What a breath of fresh air! Her voice was so strong and her lyrical style was direct and engaging.
To finally hear a strong voice of a positive black woman speaking about uplifting young woman. To date it's still one of my favorite songs. From the very beginning of our friendship I understood La to be full of flavor. When we would hang out, she would often breakout into a dialect of some sort or pick up her guitar and start strumming a beautiful tune. She was funny, engaging and brave.
She was one of those people who could do so much well. I always felt she would mature into an artist that did it all and she does. She's definitely an inspiration to everyone who knows her and the millions of fans who support her.
She is the epitome of grace, style and class. I'm happy to say she's my friend and I am simply indebted to her for being one of my biggest inspirations. Truly, Lyte. NEXT: Nicki Minaj.
Day 2. 8: Nicki Minaj. In less than five years, Nicki Minaj has taken over. She's transcended genres while planting her flag as one of rap's leading MCs—gender aside—as well as firming her brand as an entrepreneur with a flourishing empire. And for Nicki, paying the cost has no doubt made her a boss.
Beginnings. Nicki Minaj: . I would make up names for people. I still don't know why I did that. I remember going to high school, and I decided that I only wanted to put a 'B' in front of people's name. And I didn't care what your name was, I thought you should have a 'B' in front of your name.