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Netflix Honors Female Game Changers Of Hip-Hop In New Docuseries

A new documentary series is coming to Netflix with some of the most influential women in hip-hop sitting down to tell its story their way.

In August 2023, some familiar faces in hip-hop will appear in Ladies First: A Story of Women in Hip-HopThe four-episode docuseries features female trailblazers of the industry and how their contributions to hip-hop changed the music game for the new generation of women artists. According to Netflix, the series will highlight the influence that Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and other female rappers and writers have had on hip-hop music and culture.

“This timely limited doc series recontextualizes the role the irrepressible women of hip-hop played throughout the revolutionary genre’s 50 years by reinserting them into the canon where they belong: at the center, from day one to present day,” Netflix wrote in the series summary on YouTube.

The series includes iconic emcees such as Rah Digga, up-and-coming artists, and current chart-toppers including Latto and Tierra Whack. Hip-hop fans will also learn more about key record labels, stylists, and journalists. “By giving flowers to originators like Sha-Rock and Roxanne Shanté or hearing real talk from contemporary superstars like Saweetie and Coi Leray, Ladies First: A Story of Women in Hip-Hop contextualizes the history of the music that changed the world within the wider social, racial, and political landscape of the times and, crucially, through a female lens,” the synopsis revealed, according to Okayplayer

“We have been through a lot,” says Queen Latifah in the docuseries trailer. “We have stood back up, and we’ll always keep standing back up.”

The docuseries was executive produced by Dream Hampton, Troy Carter, Raeshem Nijhon, Carri Twigg, MC Lyte, Nicole Galovski, Justin Simien, and Jennifer Ryan.

Ladies First: A Story of Women in Hip-Hop will debut exclusively on Netflix on Aug. 9, 2023.