Black Music Month: Female MC Hairstyles

Black Music Month: Female MC Hairstyles
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 19, 2011

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Back in the mid-80’s, Salt, Pepa and Spinderella made asymmetric mushroom cuts the hip hop ’do du jour.

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Adelaina Martinez, aka The Real Roxanne (seen here with Jam Master Jay) came on the scene with a blonde poodle perm as over-the-top as her answer record to UTFO’s “Roxanne Roxanne.”

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The “Supersonic” rappers (whose name stood for Just, Jammin’, Fresh And Def) were all about feathered sides and fluffy bangs.

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When the Queen was just a newbie rapper, she rocked a short, roller-set style with shaved sides. Love the Dwayne Wayne flip-up glasses!

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During an appearance on MTV, the “Buffalo Stance” MC sported the look she made famous: a tumble of jet-black, perfectly defined ringlets.

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Lauryn Hill’s stunning, lush dreadlocks enchanted a generation of girls…and her Grammy-winning solo album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” wasn’t so bad, either.

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At an all-star tribute to Bob Marley, the Philadelphia MC rocked her signature look — a super-short, androgynous natural.

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Da Brat was known for her kooky ’dos, like the cornrowed pigtails she wore to the 1999 Lady of Soul Awards.

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The only thing more outrageous than Lil Kim’s lyrics? Her eclectic wig collection! She sported a platinum, Lil Bo Peep style at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

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Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was crazy, sexy and cool with her intricate, braided ponytails.

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At an MTV VMA after-party, Foxy Brown sported her now-iconic hairstyle — a long, jet-black, wavy weave.

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This Philadelphia-born rapper (and former girlfriend of Notorious B.I.G.) always made an entrance with her neon-bright, cherry red tresses.

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At a Fuse party, Atlanta-based rapper Trina rocked long, copper-streaked curls with eyelash-grazing bangs. So pretty!

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Missy Elliot rocked her signature short, streaked, heavy-banged crop on an episode of MTV’s TRL.

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The current queen of hip hop, Nicki Minaj rocked the Billboard Music Awards in a long, flowing, cotton candy pink wig.

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