The first rap record by an all-female group, “Funk You Up,” was released in 1979 by Sequence. This was a huge milestone in the journey for women to gain recognition in hip-hop.
"Roxanne's Revenge" by Roxanne Shanté
In this song, Roxanne Shanté, at age 14 started call-and-response diss battles of hip-hop by fighting against the objectification of "Roxanne" in the song, "Roxanne, Roxanne" by U.T.F.O
"Push It" by Salt-N-Pepa
"Push It" made a significant impact on the world and elicited a lot of controversy because of the provocative music video and sexual objectification of women. The song highlights the sexual desires between two people.
While female rap artists had been exploring sex in their songs years before, this song made a huge impact on the industry as Khia boldly challenged the norms of the genre.
"Anaconda" by Nicki Minaj
Anaconda does not shy away from explicit language as it pays tribute to women with curvy figures. The song generated a lot of controversy in the media specifically because of the racy music video.
"Act Up" by City Girls
"Act Up" centers on women's power to control their own lives. Through the explicit and raunchy lyrics, City Girls highlight how women should not care about a man unless he has money.