Women in Music – Hip Hop

Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere by Gwendolyn D. Pough. 2015. Northeastern, 287 pages.

Hip Hop’s Amnesia: From Blues and the Black Women’s Club Movement to Rap and the Hip Hop Movement by Reiland Rabaka. 2012. Lexington Books, 386 pages.

Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Hip Hop’s Hold on Young Black Women by T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting. 2007. NYU Press, 206 pages.

Carmen Bryan (Def Jam, Capital)

It’s No Secret: From Nas to Jay-Z, from Seduction to Scandal–a Hip-Hop Helen of Troy Tells All by Carmen Bryan. 2006. MTV Books [reprint], 274 pages.


My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love by Dessa. 2018. Dutton, 272 pages.

Angie Martinez

My Voice: A Memoir by Angie Martinez. 2016. Celebra, 284 pages.

M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam)

M.I.A. by M.I.A. 2012. Rizzoli, 192 pages.

M.I.A.: No.10 by Maya Arulpragasam. 2002. Pocko Editions, 96 pages.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj: The Woman Who Stole the World by Lynette Holloway. 2012. Colossus Books, 118 pages.

Kim Osorio (The Source)

Straight from the Source: An Expose from the Former Editor in Chief of the Hip-Hop Bible by Kim Osorio. 2008. MTV Books, 293 pages.

Queen Latifah

Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman by Queen Latifah. 1995. William Morrow, 224 pages.

Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom by Queen Latifah. 2010. Grand Central Publishing, 200 pages.


Let’s Talk About Pep by Sandy “Pepa” Denton. 2008. VH1 Books, 224 pages.


A Sick Life: TLC ‘n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage by Tionne Watkins. 2017. Rodale Books, 256 pages.


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