Thursday, February 5, 2009

Fly Girls! B-Boys Beware: Revenge of the Super Female Rappers!

I just picked up this 2cd comp yesterday and have been listening to it non-stop. While it's not a single, I feel that it still deserves to be mentioned. A full description of the record is below.

"Subtitled B-Boys Beware: Revenge of The Super Female Rappers, the album tells the story of female rap "from its birth in the tenement block parties in New York City's outer boroughs through to the dizzying career heights of Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott and other modern day power-brokers", and also pays tribute to an earlier generation of female black poets who laid the foundations for what was to come.

Every track compiled on here kicks ass, but look out in particular for 'Simon Says', a 1982 jam by Sequence (featuring a then unknown Angie Stone), Roxanne Shante's Marley Marl-produced 'Bite This', and 'Get Off Your Ass And Jam' - a Miami bass classic by the inimitable Anquette (pictured above). You'll be familiar with Missy's evergreen 'The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)', but perhaps less so with the work of trailblazers like Tanya Winley and Sweet Tee. Fly Girls! is a wonderful opportunity to fill in the blanks; another hihgly educational Soul Jazz comp that remembers to be entertaining first and foremost. Lovingly packaged, and available on both CD and LP with extensive sleevenotes, this is simply essential stuff."

Disc 1