Why Is The Life-Span Of A Female Rapper’s Career Often Short-Lived?

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While rap music has been able to spark all kinds of different debates over the years, a lot of the discussion involves men, being that the genre is pretty male-dominated. Although the fellas have been spitting hard for years, the women from over the decades are none to be slept on at all. In fact, a lot of the women can spit harder than the men when they choose to pick up a microphone. Despite the talents on the female front, there seems to be a pattern of short-lived career spans for women in rap music.

Foxy Brown speaks during a press confrence on February 26, 2007 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Brown addressed the reported allegations against her for battery and obstruction of justice in Florida

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Continue to read on the short life-span of a female rapper’s career on the following pages.


Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill performs onstage at the Amnesty International Concert presented by the CBGB Festival at Barclays Center

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Yes, there have definitely been some big female names in the rap game that have seen longevity in their careers, but those seem to be in far fewer cases. Lauryn Hill was just named on Billboard’s Top 10 Greatest Rappers Of All-Time list, but has had one of the shortest solo rap careers of any female. She released herĀ Miseducation album in 1998, and has yet to release another project, or a slew of new material. She still shines, but her light of being an MC has seemed to have faded quite fast, despite her incredible career accomplishments within that time frame.

MC Lyte

Rapper MC Lyte performs onstage during The Roots And Friends concert

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MC Lyte is another great example of a legendary female rapper who never quite kept her longevity. She is by far one of the greater veterans in the game, and still does make music, but she has been much more in and out of the limelight since the late 80’s and early 90’s. Her time in the main female spotlight didn’t last nearly as long as someone like Lil Kim, or even today’s Nicki Minaj. She was known to be able to rap amongst the men just as well as them, and probably still could today.

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