Saw this article XXL about this segment on BET from a few weeks ago about female emcees in hip-hop. It was a decent show, but XXL brought up a good point, a lot of people don’t give Trina her dues. She really is the most consistent female emcee…like ever. Press play above to watch the BET special in full and read a couple excerpts from the article below…
At some point during My Mic Sounds Nice the conversation shifted to Trina and the fact that she’s been basically holding down female MCs mostly by herself for the past 12 years. While she’s far from the most lyrical woman on the mic, she definitely has been the most consistent.
Over the course of the past decade, the Miami madam has dropped a new album just about every two years. Okay, big deal? Well, with her five albums Trina has put out more music than her female contemporariesâ€”Da Brat has only dropped four albums since 1994; Eve has only put out three albums since 1999; and both Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown have released four albums each since their 1996 debuts. The only female MC to put out more music than Trina is Missy Elliott, who has six albums to her credit, but her last project dropped in 2005.
**Queen Latifah has six albums also, but her last three discs were alternative/singing so I won’t even put them in the conversation.**
Now, I know quality trumps quantity any day, but Trina’s clearly found some way to remain relevant while most of her peers haven’t. She broke it down with bittersweet truth on My Mic Sounds Nice when she said, â€œThey don’t wanna really see you in the baggy jeans. They wanna see you sexy because, â€˜You a female, I’m a dude, I’m not learning nothin’ from you, I just wanna see you. So whatever you’re talking about I probably don’t really care, I just wanna look at you and whatever you’re saying it all sounds good to me.’ That’s just real. That’s just how it is.â€
Sad, but true.
Via XXL magazine