If Disney gave us unrealistic expectations about hair, Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj gave young women everywhere unrealistic expectations about the role of feminism in rap. As in, it's not as big as one would think after listening to the sheer (goddamn) genius that is Lemonade (2016). But fret not. Girl power is alive and well in the music industry, thanks in no small part to female musicians of the 80s and 90s.
Need a quick crash course on the history of feminism in rap? Hip hop feminism was created from the influence of black women born after the 1960s. Often characterised as an essential part of third-wave feminism, feminist rap's biggest historical players include Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, and Salt N' Pepa. We suggest everyone who wants a better look into this check out the pretty thorough Wiki entry. Ed-u-cate yo'self!
Below you'll find a bit more on these industry champions. Feel free to listen and share, and keep the feminist flame alive, baby.