New-found fab female MCs plus new music recs and news!

After WireTap blogger Biko Baker asked "Where is the Next Lauryn Hill?" last week bemoaning (what seemed like) the lack of women in rap and hip-hop, MC Invincible (interviewed in Bitch's Loud issue) wrote back suggesting dozens of female MCs from around the country. Check out her excellent list of recommendations and discover all the amazing female rappers you didn't know you were missing (I'm already hooked on New Jersey's Lady Luck).

New York female hip-hop collective ANOMOLIES

In other music news...
-If Lady Gaga loves the gays so much, why couldn't she get behind feminism?
-Emmylou Harris featured on the AV Club and Kim Deal on the Decider.
-Antony and the Johnsons covers Beyonce's "Crazy in Love"
-Christina Aguilera's new album is getting even better, first Le Tigre and Lady Tron, now MIA and Santogold!

And for some new music recs check out Pens for a more melodic, more lo-fi(!) Vivian Girls, Joy Jones, whose debut full-length GODCHILD meshes electro-lounge with Afro-beats (and has a Nina Simone cover!), and finally Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers, who mix honky tonk, rock, blues, and then some, and have been described as "vulgar Ella Fitzgerald, channeling Nick Cave and PJ Harvey." Check out "Beating St. Louis" off A Fish Hook An Open Eye below!

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I included that Antony and the Johnsons cover on an edition of BitchTapes I did back in the Spring: We might as well plug our site when we can, right? Check it out!

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