Sha Rock, The Queen Of Our Culture
Before Nicki Minaj, Bahamadia, Lil Kim, Lady Of Rage, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Roxanne Shante, and The Sequence, there was Sha Rock, the First Lady of Hip Hop.
Sha Rock aka Sharon Green began her career in 1976 as a B-Girl in the Bronx, New York. In 1977, she joined the Hip Hop group Funky 4 + 1 More. She became the first female emcee to join an all male Hip Hop Group.
Sha Rock is credited with being the First Female Pioneer to go full circle in a MC rhymin' battle. She was responsible for introducing Hip Hop Culture to various nationalities & countries throughout the world.
In 1979, The Funky 4 + 1 More signed to Enjoy Records. MC Sha Rock became the first Female Pioneer emcee worldwide, known to have a record deal. They would later sign to Sugar Hill Records. The Funky 4 + 1 More was the first Hip Hop group to appear on national television. They appeared on Saturday Night Live on Feb 14, 1981 season 6 alongside Deborah Harry of the famous rock group "Blondie". In 1984, Sha Rock made a guest appearance in the legendary Hip Hop movie "Beat Street". In Beat Street, she performed in the Hip Hop group US Girls, alongside Debbie D and Lisa Lee. If you haven’t seen Beat Street, make sure to check it out. Sha Rock is one of the highlights in the movie. She has appeared on 20/20 in the 1981 special "Rappin' To The Beat", hosted by Hugh Downs. She also appeared in the TV Documentary “Beat This: A Hip Hop History (1984)”.
Sha Rock continues to work with young women throughout the world on self-empowerment. She opened the first Performing Arts School in the Central Texas area, which services a military community of 80,000. The Performing Arts School teaches all areas of the arts to include the culture of Hip Hop and its origins. Throughout her soeaking engagements and endorsements, Sha Rock has worked in the criminal justice field for the past 16 years. Sha Rock also finds time to mentor children throughout the world and within her community.
Sha Rock stands as a Hip Hop icon, a role model, and most importantly, as the foundation of female emcees. I thank her for all the years she dedicated of her life for our culture. She's the Queen of our Hip Hop Culture. Respect the Foundation.
Funky 4 / Funky 4 + 1 More:
Rappin' & Rockin' The House (1979)
That's The Joint (1980)
Square Biz (1982)
Do You Want To Rock (Before I Let Go) (1982)
Feel It (The Mexican) (1983)
Super Stars (1983)
King Heroin (was originally recorded in 1984 by the Funky 4, remixed & released by Jazzy Jeff in 1985).
Other recordings by Sha Rock:
All The Ladies feat. Big Daddy Kane (1999)
Legends Of Hip Hop - Fifth Element (2002) Features 34 Hip Hop Legends
Where Are They Now feat Nas
A Hip Hop Odyssey (2011) Produced by Marley Marl
Beat Street (1984), Buy it @ http://www.amazon.com/Beat-Street-Rae-Dawn-Chong/dp/B000089738/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1337836158&sr=1-1
Luminary Icon: The Story Of The Beginning And End Of Hip Hop's First Female MC - By Sha Rock with Iesha Brown
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