ABC is honoring the women who’ve evolved hip hop to where it is today.
Real Queens of Hip Hop: The Women Who Changed The Game will premiere on ABC Monday, Oct. 18.
Narrated by Salt of legendary rap group Salt-N-Pepa, the one-hour special will document the role women have played in changing the hip-hop landscape.
The program will highlight current superstars like Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, and City Girls as well as the women who paved the way including Queen Latifah, Missy Elliot, MC Lyte, and more. The intimate interviews will give insight into the rapper’s personal struggles and overcoming gender bias in hip-hop.
“What have women in hip hop given to the culture? Everything,” ABC News tweeted. “From @mclyte, @DaRealMonieLove ,@IAMQUEENLATIFAH, & @MissyElliott to @MsLaurynHill, @TheRealEve, @citygirls, @sosobrat, @iamcardib, @NICKIMINAJ, @theestallion. Watch #RealQueensofHipHop, Monday 10/9c on @ABC and @Hulu.
What have women in hip hop given to the culture? Everything. From @mclyte, @DaRealMonieLove, @IAMQUEENLATIFAH, & @MissyElliott to @MsLaurynHill, @TheRealEve, @citygirls, @sosobrat, @iamcardib, @NICKIMINAJ, @theestallion.— ABC News (@ABC) October 12, 2021
Watch #RealQueensofHipHop, Monday 10/9c on @ABC and @Hulu. pic.twitter.com/yZiirxX3sC
“I grew up listening to and loving the pioneering work of female emcees and was amazed by how much I learned when previewing this special,” Marie Nelson, senior vice president of integrated content strategy at ABC News said per VIBE. “With projects like ‘The Real Queens of Hip-Hop,’ ABC News and ABC Entertainment are working to super-serve culturally diverse and multigenerational audiences with authentic and relevant storytelling that widens the lens and places their experiences at the center.
However, some fans noticed two important figures were left out of the lineup: Lil Kim and Foxy Brown.
We Love @MissyElliott @sosobrat @TheRealEve @IAMQUEENLATIFAH @TRINArockstarr and @iamcardib but where is @LilKim @ ......— LilKimTheQueenBee 📓 M.S G.O.A.T. (@Rizzy420ogQB) October 13, 2021
I mean we are speaking of Queens Correct? pic.twitter.com/DPAGIjID4w
As of now, neither Lil Kim nor Foxy Brown has publicly announced why they are not in the special but fans are assuming it’s because ABC overlooked the legendary MCs. Check out how fans are reacting to Lil Kim and Foxy Brown being allegedly excluded:
Was @LilKim not available for an interview? This just feels wrong to me… foxy as well I mean… when we speak on influence and impact this is a convo that needs to include them without a doubt. pic.twitter.com/Re90ou3lgC— 🎙RealTalkWithSemaj (@SemajTaughtU) October 13, 2021
How do you leave out Lil Kim when talking about the real queens of hip hop?….. https://t.co/iosgpTbcKW— Lovita Alizé (@___pitts) October 13, 2021
Foxy Brown better have been included! Her impact will not be diminished!!!— 💸 (@MARAJKALI) October 12, 2021
Who was in charge and decided to exclude @Lilkim?— Atldamasta (@Atldamasta) October 13, 2021
No #lilkim the nerve I’ll pass— Shay Love👑🐝 (@queenshaylove) October 12, 2021
I haven’t seen Foxy Brown in years so I can only assume they reached out to her and she declined 🤷🏾♀️— PhenomenalWoman (@1nePhenomenalMe) October 12, 2021
Real QUEENS of Hip-Hop is awesomeness 👌🏾 but, stop trying to leave out one the most amazing MC around. LILKIMTHEQUEENBEE REMYMA and FOXY BROWN. LILKIMTHEQUEENBEE is not just one of (those)11 others.— pinksooocoool23 (@pinksooocoool23) October 13, 2021