Grammy winner Eve is among the many female stars appearing in the ABC News special The Real Queens of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed the Game, which debuts Monday, October 18.
The rapper/actress, who also stars in the new ABC TV series Queens with Brandy, Naturi Naughton and Nadine Velazquez, began her solo career in 1999, and has witnessed how hip-hop has become a global phenomenon. She remembers when critics dismissed the genre as a passing fad.
“They never thought that hip hop would make it this far,” she tells ABC News. “You dream that maybe this music will just get you out of the projects. You don’t know that it’s gonna take you actually around the world.”
Eve has literally performed all across the globe, and recorded with many other stars, including Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani and Mary J. Blige.
Salt of Salt-N-Pepa narrates The Real Queens of Hip-Hop, and she is one of the artists who most influenced Eve.
“Salt-N-Pepa, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, they were all to me, like, beautiful and feminine,” the “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” rapper says. “Having that woman’s voice in hip-hop is so important.”
In addition to Eve, Roxanne Shanté, Yo–Yo, Da Brat and Trina are among the trailblazers who describe in the special how they succeeded in a male-dominated industry that shunned female participation.
“A lot of times it was me in a room by myself with a bunch of dudes trying to convince them of ideas that were amazing,” Eve recalls.
The Real Queens of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed the Game airs Monday, October 18, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC, and can be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.
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