This assignment is connected to a playlist that is part of the Black Women's Rhetoric Project (see http://blackwomenrhetproject.org). This particular assignment is for the second day of students' study on rhetoric and black women in Hip Hop (unit seven).
On this second day of unit seven, students have THREE playlists to choose from. This is the SECOND playlist that features Female MCs through the lens of Marcyliena Morgan's and Gwendolyn Pough's writings. The list of artists corresponds with the class readings of Morgan's "Hip Hop Women Shredding the Veil: Race and Class in Popular Feminist Identity" and Pough's _Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip Hop, and the Public Sphere_ (with a focus on chapter three). Morgan and Pough take us on a journey of the key moments in Hip Hop history, as constructed by female MCs, so this assignment provides something like the soundtrack to the week's readings.
As you will see, there was never a moment in Hip Hop where black women were not there (see playlist #1 for Unit Seven to see graf writers, bgirls, and DJs). The list of artists on the playlist starts with Sherri-Sher of the Mercedes Ladies and ends with two spoken word artists: jessica Care moore and Sarah Jones. Moore's poem challenges the misogyny of Hip Hop while claiming her full role as a hiphoppa; Jones is the infamous poet whose piece speaking out against sexist lyrics was played on college radio and flagged as inappropriate by the FCC.