This is a special encore edition of Under the Radar with Callie Crossley. This segment originally aired on March 1, 2020.

In 2019, the Forbes list of highest-earning hip hop artists had 20 names — 19 men and only one woman: Cardi B. It’s symbolic of the way that female MC’s and rappers, despite their talent and innovation, have struggled to be center stage in one of music’s most dynamic genres — even though they helped bring hip-hop to the world. But music journalist Kathy Iandoli always knew the stories, and now she’s documented the striving and the struggle of these artists in her new book, “Queens of Hip Hop.” It’s our March selection for “Bookmarked: The Under the Radar Book Club.”


Kathy Iandoli — author of "God Save the Queens: The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop," which is available in bookstores and online now.