first female group that released a rap record in which they were the first successful ones - “Funk You Up” disco funk, definitely rap – singing in the record as well - melodies for the first time in rap you fucker I know how to take notes - sequence did not last – one hit wonder – paved the way for female rappers – in this era, they were DOPE Teena Marie claimed to be the first female rapper in 1981 o Soul singer – people could not believe she was not black o 1997 she got a job at Motown Records – mentor: Rick James o Radio stations assumed she was black o Second album: R&B world was shocked – people say no woman has sang soul music as well as Teena did in her period o “Shelving an artist” – under contract under a big record label so you cannot release any music with another label and sometimes they don’t release your songs for several years so only o Took Motown to court – first to do so – won. “Teena Marie Law”: a record label cannot keep an artist under contract without releasing a record o She was eventually dropped in the late 80’s when her popularity went down a little bit o Died February 26, 2010 If you hear lines that you heard from another rapper, it is because of record skipping – not biting – okay now and then to take lines and put them in your own song Teena Marie’s rap name is Lady T
- Was rated as the top soul singer - And rapping was an experiment Baseline was not sampled in Good times – Chic, it was replayed by Sugar hill Gang - They had the best band in all sorts of music The Queen or Mother of rap, Sylvia Robinson and her husband Joe - Label called All Platinum - Sylvia was responsible for a lot of the rap that we hear today, she was one of the first person that had the courage to try a rap label (with an all rap album) - She had a knack for discovering talent - 1973 when she scored her first 3 song called Pillow Head
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