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
Nikki Lynette is an indie artist and mental health activist whose style is equal parts hip hop, alternative, and pop. She is currently developing a play entitled "Get Out Alive" with the prestigious American Music Theater Project as well as shooting a mental health documentary entitled "Happy Songs About Unhappy Things."