Dee Lockett of pigeonsandplanes.com wrote, “Many critics likened 2013 to 1993—two robust years of genre-defining albums from rap legends and legends-in-the-making. But what made 1993 so undeniably perfect was its diversity. Alongside the male MCs we celebrate twenty years later, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Salt-n-Pepa, Monie Love, The Conscious Daughters, and Bo$$ each released critically acclaimed albums that year. 2013 may as well have been 1903 with its hushed female presence in hip-hop culture. And when women’s presence wasn’t silent, it was oftentimes loudly embarrassing.
In 2013: Lauryn Hill spent three months in prison for tax evasion; TLC essentially replaced Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes with Lil’ Mama; Eve put out her fourth studio album Lip Lock and no one noticed (less than 20,000 sold to date); only Tink’s Boss Up mixtape and M.I.A.’s Matangi made year-end lists for a rap album by a woman. Meanwhile, SPIN included Matangi in its “20 Best Pop Albums of 2013” list, voiding the album’s rap cred. Debut albums from Azealia Banks, Iggy Azalea, and Nitty Scott MC never came, and Angel Haze had to publicly beg for a 2013 release date for hers. The biggest news story on Foxy Brown’s comeback was when she fell on stage in New York. The list goes on….”
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