Phenomenal women in hip hop such as artists like Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, and Erykah Badu were lucky enough to flourish into such inspirational artists that they changed the music world in each of their respective manners. This would not have been possible without the evolution of females in music before them such as Bessie Smith, Ruth Brown, and more. These three ladies were able to step out due to the previous foundation laid from generations before and not only so through the evolution of female artists but also female rhetors such as Angela Davis.
Missy Elliott — destroyer of one-minute men, big [elephant trumpet] searcher and unapologetic freak — is woefully underrated as a feminist icon. She busted through the boys’ club of rap in the late ’90s, clearing a space for the Nickis and Azealias of today. But even in when judged against the people who followed her, Elliott’s career has been uniquely woman-positive. During her peak run from the late ’90s to the mid ’00s, Elliott provided a crucial counterpoint to the media’s steady onslaught of women-hating messages.