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‘Sha Rock,’ The 1st Female MC, To Be Honored at Cornell

MC Sha RockWhen Nicki Minaj was just likely just getting out of her diapers, Hip-Hop’s first female MC was spitting bars with the best rappers of the day.

Current day Hip-Hop fans may not be aware of the name, but MC Sha Rock is a step closer to getting the acclaim she deserves as Cornell University hosts an exhibit that will chart rap music in the 70′s.

The “Now Scream: The Hip-Hop Collection Exhibition” will run from April 4-7 at Cornell in Ithaca, New York. Screening films will also be included in the exhibit and highlight vintage footage of The Original Funky Four MC’s, a group that included the first female rapper.

“I am humbled and honored that the Cornell University Hip Hop Collection, will showcase the first vintage film footage that was documented and dated in 1977 by a young man’s task to complete a high school project,” Sha Rock told in a statement. The footage chronicles her as the first female MC.

From the Bronx, Sha Rock was part of the group, Funky Four + 1, which is the first know hip hop group to appear on national television (Saturday Night Live in 1981). Sha Rock is the first known female MC to sign a record deal

This weekend also marks Africa Bambaataa’s return to Ithaca as visiting scholar. Other guests include The GZA of Wu Tang Clan, DJ Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Caz, JDL of the legendary Cold Crush Brothers, and DJ Breakbeat Lou.

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