I was already familiar with three of the ten contestants on the show, one being Khia and the others being Dighton, MA's D.A.B. (Down Ass Bitch) (or as I know her "the chick that always raps about heroin") and Byata, the Brooklyn native that appeared on two tracks on "Wu Tang Meets The Indie Culture". None of the remaining contestants interest me much as far as talent and artistry are concerned, though.
I decided to post up my own personal list of Supreme Rap Misses. I grew up in an era chock full of female emcees that demanded respect and earned it with their lyrical ability, drive, determination, conviction and talent. That's the criteria I used for picking these ladies. They continue to great tradition that Lisa Lee, Debbie Dee, Sha Rock, The Sequence, Mercedes Ladies, Peblee Poo, Dimples D, Sparky Dee, Lady B, and others began.
A tradition in which the torch was passed to Roxanne Shante, The Real Roxanne, Suga, Antoinette, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Salt N' Pepa, Finesse & Synquis, Lin Que, MC Trouble (R.I.P.), Nefertiti, Heather B, Bahamadia, Nikki D, Paula Perry, Precious Paris, Monie Love and they kept it lit and passed it to another generation of female emcees. Problem is that the new generation of female emcees is endangered at best.
In this current industry climate that only female "rappers" that get constant attention are Kid Sister, Amanda Blank, Uffie or Yelle. No disrespect but none of them are gonna get a Hip Hop Quotable or make you rewind their verses like "Oh shit!"...ever.
Here is my list of female emcees that keep the beacon lit and are preserving the culture of Hip Hop:
Salute to you all. When you watch that show tonight, remember that these ladies all exist and because of them and their contributions to the culture Hip Hop will NEVER die.