Nadirah Simmons Crowns the Queens of Hip-Hop

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Women of hip-hop are examined through the eyes of Gen Z author Nadirah Simmon’s in her debut book, ‘First Things First: Hip Hop Ladies Who Changed the Game.’ Simmons, who grew up immersed in rap culture in New Jersey and Philadelphia, set out to create a unique look at the historical impact of female MCs like Lil’ Kim, Queen Latifah, Nicki Minaj, and more. She analyzes their influence on fashion, TV, film, and comedy. Simmons says her book is for those who want to know more than just the surface-level history or controversy the media tends to focus on. 

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