PIONEER WOMEN OF HIP HOP:
MC Lyte is recognized as one of
“the best female vocalists in hip
hop” history. She was the first solo
female rapper to have an entry on the
Billboard 200, in 1989. Her albums
include Lyte as a Rock and Eyes on
Hip hop started in the American ghettos and has changed music and youth culture worldwide for the past 50-plus years. Its roots are in the concepts of African grios (storytellers) and poetry. A hip hop origin is about giving voice to the social ills of the streets, but it morphed into many sub-genres.
Graffiti writing and break dancing also make up the stylistic elements of hip hop culture.