The Majak Mixtape --- Check One, Check Two, My Mix Sounds Nice
Before Fergie was Fergalicious, JJ Fad were "Supersonic"
There are so many things wonderfully old school about this song and video, mainly the fact that beat sounds like it would settle nicely over a power-up move on Sonic the Hedgehog. Plus, you have the huge gold earrings that caused a generation of Black women to have permanently drooping earlopes, black leggings that somehow have managed to stay fashionable in spite of being all sorts of awful, the modified Tootie feathered haircuts that my sister had shortly before getting a Whitney Houston circa I Wanna Dance With Somebody weave.
Up next is the MC who was light as a rock, MC Lyte
Socially conscious but still able to make a good party record, MC Lyte is part of the now seemingly dead breed female rapper: the fully clothed rapper. Lil Kim and Foxy Brown pretty much slayed that female rapper in the 1990s, becoming a kooky version of female empowerment that mixed exploitation, hyper sexuality and nudity into an urban Madonna school of thought. With Foxy Brown going back and forth on being deaf and Lil Kim on a quest to look like a human sex doll, we here wish that MC Lyte would come back stronger and not just be chained to being the announcer for the BET Awards.
Lastly, we have Salt N Pepa and their song "Show Stoppa"
Their first big stab at success, "Show Stoppa" was their answer record to Doug E. Fresh's The Show:
Salt-N-Pepa balanced pop radio friendliness with killer lyrics that were smart, sassy and always full-flavored. My sister and I used to dance around our basement to "Push It" while playing Atari. That's some 80s goodness right there.
So Nicki may be the most popular MC at the moment but the road to her success was paved with the blood, sweat, and Classy Curls of the MCs above. Betta recognize.