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by Rachel Devitt

June 19, 2013

Ladies First: Global Female Emcees

by Rachel Devitt  |  June 19, 2013

Much has been made about hip-hop's long-standing history as a boys' club. And while that gender disparity and its ramifications for up-and-coming emcees is pretty much undeniable, women have made some serious inroads in the industry. In particular, female emcees outside the continental United States have been taking the world by storm lately. From Chile's fierce b-girl Ana Tijoux to Spain's sassy Mala Rodriguez, from Turkey's trailblazing Sultana to Australia's ferociously mouthy Iggy Azalea, female emcees from around the globe are heeding the call made by Queen Latifah and the U.K.'s Monie Love way back in the day: Ladies first, y'all! Get to know the history of women in international hip-hop!

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