While the white boys of Rap have adhered to a strict schedule of allowing one new kid on the block every ten years or so (as if Vanilla Ice’s DNA resides in some exotic Lotus flower) the white girls haven’t quite got the memo yet. With acts like Lady Sovereign and Kreayshawn, record labels are keen to cash in, but this isn’t a new trend, oh no, the white female rapper has a storied, yet somewhat cringe-worthy history. Via Spin:
From the first bars of Debbie Harry’s “Rapture” rap — in which she shouts out her friend, Fab 5 Freddy, to borrow a bit of juice — it’s been a decades-long tangle of credibility, cosigns, and creativity. These ladies have struggled to prove their worth in a genre defined by African-American men, often bumping up against women of color, who have their own, inarguably more difficult struggle. For at least the past decade — i.e., the post-Eminem era — labels have been actively hunting for a pop-accessible white female rapper; but it’s been the rare white-girl MC talent who has been willing to sell her street cred for corporate clams. As a result, there have been more foibles than triumphs. Still, it’s been a fascinating, mostly undocumented journey. So, from downtown Manhattan to London’s Eastern sector to suburban Florida, we present the 50 most crucial moments in the history of white women rapping.