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ABC News announced its “The Real Queens of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed the Game – An ABC News Special.”
The special will take an “intimate look at the evolution and impact of women emcees and rappers, told by the trailblazing artists who helped create a musical and cultural empire.”
The hour-long special is narrated by Salt of Salt-N-Pepa, while original spoken word performances are delivered by MC Lyte and the score is courtesy of WondaGurl.
Viewers can expect to see interviews from MC Sha-Rock, Da Brat, Eve, Trina and Yo-Yo.
Radio personality and rapper Angie Martinez also hosts a discussion with Lakeyah, Lil Mama and Roxanne Shanté.
“I grew up listening to and loving the pioneering work of female emcees and was amazed by how much I learned when previewing this special,” said Marie Nelson, senior vice president of integrated content strategy, ABC News. “With projects like ‘The Real Queens of Hip-Hop,’ ABC News and ABC Entertainment are working to super-serve culturally diverse and multigenerational audiences with authentic and relevant storytelling that widens the lens and places their experiences at the center.”
“The Real Queens of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed the Game – An ABC News Special” airs Monday, Oct. 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC and can be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.
“The Real Queens of Hip-Hop” is produced by an all-female leadership team at ABC News. Fatima Curry is the director, and Melia Patria and Curry are co-executive producers.
Last month, ABC announced the release date for its upcoming Hip Hop musical drama, “Queens,” starring Eve, Brandy, Naturi Naughton and Nadine Valazquez.
“Queens” premieres on Oct. 19 at 10 p.m. ET.
In the series, Eve stars as Brianna aka Professor Sex, Naughton stars as Jill aka Da Thrill, Velazquez is Valeria aka Butter Pecan, while Brandy stars as Naomi aka Xplicit Lyrics.
According to Deadline, “Queens” centers on four estranged and out-of-touch women in their 40s who reunite for a chance to “recapture their fame and regain the swagger they had as the Nasty B—ches – their ’90s group that made them legends in the hip-hop world.”