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First Things First

First Things First

Hip-Hop Ladies Who Changed the Game

Nadirah Simmons
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FIRST THINGS FIRST reframes the history of hip-hop but, this time, women are given credit for their trailblazing achievements that have left an undeniable impact on music. Period.

FIRST THINGS FIRST, hip-hop is not just the music, and women have played a big role in shaping the way it looks today. FIRST THINGS FIRST takes readers on a journey through some notable firsts by women in hip-hop history and their importance. Factual firsts like Queen Latifah becoming the first rapper to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lauryn Hill making history as the first rapper to win the coveted Album of the Year Award at the GRAMMYs, April Walker being the first woman to dominate in the hip-hop fashion game, and Da Brat being the first solo woman rapper to have an album go platinum, and metaphorical firsts like Missy Elliott being the first woman rapper to go to the future. (Trust me, she really did.)


There are chapters on music legends like Nicki Minaj, Lil' Kim and Mary J. Blige, tv and radio hosts like Big Lez and Angie Martinez, and so many more ladies I would name but I don't want to spoil the book! There are games, charts and some fire images, too.


Altogether, FIRST THINGS FIRST is a celebration of the achievements of women in hip-hop who broke down barriers and broke the mold. So the next time someone doesn't have their facts straight on the ladies in hip-hop, you can hit them with "first things first"...


Nadirah Simmons is a writer and digital content creator committed to preserving Black history, Hip-Hop history, and pop culture, and finding new ways to tell stories on tv and the Internet. In 2018, Simmons was inspired to put her love of Hip-Hop, Black history and Black womanhood along with her producing/writing skills into practice. She created The Gumbo, an innovative space in media for the creative excellence and activism of Black women in Hip-Hop and a safe haven free of politics.


  • Publisher: ‎Twelve (January 30, 2024)
  • Language: ‎English
  • Hardcover: ‎320 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎1538740745
  • ISBN-13: ‎9781538740743
  • Item Weight: ‎1 pound
  • Dimensions: ‎6 x 1 x 9 inches
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