During our month-long celebration of hip-hop, we had to take a moment to pay homage to some of the queens who reigned supreme during its early years. From 1970s predecessors like The Mercedes Ladies and the first on wax, MC Sha Rock came the Ladies of the ’80s: Roxanne Shant√©, The Sequence, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, JJ Fad, Salt-n-Pepa, and so many more whose feminist lyrics, fearless fashion, and ferocity on the mic became the gold standard.