In the early days of hip-hop, female rappers were essential to the genre’s biology, unapologetically detailing their experiences of the world they lived in.
Rising to fame with James Brown’s revue, Lyn Collins fought for female artists during a difficult period, leaving a trail of soul and funk classics behind.
Along with a host of others, this song helped lay the groundwork for today’s artists as they push against the stereotype of what a female rocker should sound or look like.
The supermodel, singer, actress, and Warhol star is the original multi-hyphenate.
As much a pioneer as she was a powerhouse, Ella Fitzgerald’s timeless tunes only get better with age.
So much more than a blues singer, Bessie Smith was an icon for her race and gender, and her legend resonates like no other in the history of blues singers.
Combine an earnestly backwoods twang with potent, economical songwriting, the country songwriter is among the finest the genre has ever produced.
An introduction and tribute to one of the greatest jazz singers ever.
An introduction to some of the women that broke down barriers in the heavy metal and hard rock music scenes.
From subversive subject matter to affairs of the heart, the best female songwriters are often the most insightful, as this list proves.
From singing in Motown’s biggest girl group to earning Oscar nods and becoming a fashion icon, Diana Ross set the template for future stars to follow.
Motown’s secret weapon, Marc Bolan’s widow, and a Northern soul icon, Gloria Jones’ legacy extends far beyond ‘Tainted Love.’
Female powerhouses Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim, Mya and Missy Elliott came together for a Y2K spin on the 1974 LaBelle classic.
In her own compositions, she managed to capture what love, life, and self-discovery truly looked like for most of us – battle wounds and all – sans the idyllic imagery often found...
The under-publicized story of the trailblazing artist-executive from Seattle is well worth telling in some detail.