To honor Hip-Hop’s top lyricists, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries of the 8th District of New York, shined a spotlight on 10 women who have made their impact on Hip-Hop in a five minute general speech.
In observation of Women’s History Month, earlier Rep. Jeffries added to the list of greats and legends to be recognized on the house floor. Jeffries’ speech set Black women artists and their accomplishments at the forefront.
“Today I rise to honor the top 10 female MC collaborations of all time,” Rep. Jeffries said.
He listed rap royalty ranging from Da Brat, Foxy Brown, Monie Love to Nicki Minaj, Remy Ma, and Missy Elliot. Jeffries concluded with Lil Kim’s “Quiet Storm” remix, shouting out Brooklyn, where he was also born and raised. He shared the list of pioneers on Medium, where he also adds Queen Latifah’s U.N.I.T.Y. as an honorable mention.
Rep. Jeffries, who is an active advocate for social and economic justice and criminal justice reform, shouted out these women because they “shattered Hip-Hop’s glass ceiling with their skill, talent and lyrical ability,” he said.
“These dynamic women are worthy to be praised.”