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The BBC has announced a brand new three part documentary series which will shed light on women’s overlooked role in Hip Hop, including the untold story of British women’s influence on the culture defining music genre over the past 50 years.

First Ladies of Hip Hop, narrated by Neneh Cherry, will reveal the untold stories of women who played a pivotal role in the birth, evolution, and success of Hip Hop, with a unique look at the widely unknown contributions of British women.

Hip Hop, one of the most influential and enduring music genres of our generation, has a rich history that extends far beyond the limelight traditionally shone on male artists.

First Ladies of Hip Hop challenges the narrative with first-hand accounts from the artists, producers, DJs, and industry insiders who broke through barriers, shattered stereotypes, found their voice and paved the way for future generations.

Featuring the stories of Eve, Rah Digga, Sha Rock, Debbie D, Deidra Roper (aka DJ Spinderella of Salt-n-Pepa) Yo-Yo (who is well known for her work with N.W.A’s Ice Cube), Millie Jackson, Cheryl the Pearl (The Sequence), JJ Fad, Sheri Sher (The Mercedes Ladies) and many more – the series explores the experiences, challenges, and the pivotal moments that shaped these women’s careers and the impact they had on the movement around them.

First Ladies of Hip Hop also includes the first-hand account of pioneering Hip Hop artist Roxanne Shanté, who tells viewers about how she was, unfairly in her view, denied the accolade of the greatest rapper on earth because she was a woman.

This powerful documentary series offers an additional fresh perspective on the genre's history and evolution by exploring the struggles and triumphs of British women in the industry.

It aims to rewrite the narrative and give credit where it is long overdue. British Hip Hop phenomenon, Monie Love, as well as UK acts Estelle, Betty Boo, Cookie Pryce , the Wee Papa Girl Rappers and So solid Crew’s Lisa Maffia are given the spotlight.

The interviews and intimate conversations in First Ladies of Hip Hop provide invaluable insight into the resilience, creativity, and innovation of women in Hip Hop and celebrate the remarkable contributions of the females from both sides of the Atlantic who have left an indelible imprint on the genre.

The first two episodes will air on BBC Two on Saturday 7 October with the final episode airing on 14 October.


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