A brief lesson in Black History: BLACK CHICKS ROCK.

Lately, I have been receiving a lot of flack about the type of music that I’ve been doing. I became well known on the Chicago music scene because I am a rapper, and I’m proud to be able to say I’m a damned good one. However, I have been a singer since childhood. Just ask my momma. 

I recently read some commentary on a blog where someone called me a sell out for doing rock inspired music, and said it was a shame that “a dope female rapper had to sell her soul and do white people’s music just to get recognition.” Another person wrote on my friend’s Facebook page “People only like her because she sounds like a white girl.” First of all, I’M BLACK. So any sound that comes out of my mouth sounds like a black girl. Idiot. Second, I resent the fact that people don’t acknowledge the presence of black female musicians in rock music. Granted, they aren’t as highly publicized as they should be, but they’ve always been there.
Black women have been making a notable contribution to rock music for years. So in order to enrich your musical landscape (and hopefully contribute to the de-ignorantification of some people) I’ve created a BAD ASS list of videos to show some examples of black female rockers, for your listening pleasure. 

This list is BY NO MEANS INCLUSIVE of all the women of color who have contributed to the beautification of rock music, but it’s a damned good place to start. Turn your computer speakers all the way up and sit yo ass down. You’ll like what you hear. Happy Black History Month!

Betty Davis, 1974

Nona Hendryx, 1980

Tina Turner, 1984

Tracy Chapman, 1987

Cindy Blackman, drummer for Lenny Kravitz since 1993

Imani Copolla, 1997

Cree Summer, 1999

Fallon (of Kittie) 2000

Me’Shell NdegĂ©ocello, 2003 

Tamar-Kali, 2005

Skin (of Skunk Anansie) 2006

Res, 2007

Santigold, 2008

Shingai Shoniwa (of The Noisettes), 2009

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Tags: @artsfront, Nikki Lynette


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  • Oh My God This is a DOPE list of artists. I hear you Nikki, people sleep on rock music origins came from the Blues and the Lady's sang the blues too! I am happi that you have diversified your artistry don't let the haters shape your expression. My Father is a Chicago Blues Man, Buster Wylie and I have loved rock music since I was a tinie. Props to you, Keep doing you!

  • BTW Love Meshelle, Luv luv RES, and I've crushed on Santogold all summer, Fall, & Wynter ;P

  • In reply to CasMercedes:

    LOLOL! That is a lonnng time to keep a crush! Glad u like the blog, I wasn't sure how many people would actually be into it. The whole concept of black people who welcome rock influences into their music is still new to the mainstream marketplace, but it's time for it. Race shouldn't have to dictate what your music should sound like, I just don't get that. I've been having people tell me "U're not urban enough" for years. Now its working to my advantage.

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