You know, it always blows my mind when I skim over a lot of folks’ “Top 100″ Hip Hop albums of all time. Alot of us seem to leave top female releases of our genre off that list. Well, to me “Black Reign” would have to probably be in my “top 50″. With very little wastage “Black Reign” is without a doubt IMO the best album released by a female MC. This album really holds a special place with me, there is so much quality from start to finish. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to the instrumental interlude “4 The DJ’s”. It was actually the intro to our warmup music my senior year in H.S. basketball. “Unity” & “Just another day” ruled the airwaves, while the posse cut “Rough” featuring Treach, KRS One & Heavy D featured a dope back drop provided by the overlooked Tony Dofat. Fittingly, my first post for Fly Female Friday…Enjoy!!
I DON’T REALLY WANNA FEEL…who can forget the opening lyrics to Boss’s “Deeper”? I was introduced to Boss after her appearance on AMG’s first disc. Definitely one of the “harder” female mc’s out there. Decent production on this album, though the lyrics get a bit weary after a few listens. Overall, a solid debut with “Deeper” being the standout cut. If I recall, Erick Sermon did some of the production.
Nikki D was Def Jam’s “First Lady”. After dropping “Daddy’s Little Girl” she later resurfaced on the Flavor Unit Compilation. I always thought this was a solid album and it’s disappointing that not much else followed. Leaders of the New School appeared on “Daddy’s Little Girl” and handled much of the production work. The first single of the album’s same name, sampled Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” and didn’t really set the tone for the rest of the album. Hardcore lyrics and excellent production fueled this release. There’s also a pretty twisted story behind “Another Man Is Beatin’ My Time”. Also, be sure to check “Hang On Kid”.