We have to remember that this whole genre of recorded music started because of a woman. Hip-hop on record started because of Sylvia Robinson. A big part of the success of Jive Records was Ann Carli. She was one of the first champions for Will Smith when he was the Fresh Prince. She co-produced the Stop the Violence record. Monica Lynch ran Tommy Boy. Julie Greenwald emerged from the Def Jam family. In Europe, Sophie Bramly created Yo!, the show that inspired Yo! MTV Raps. Faith Newman signed Nas and Jamiroquai. Wendy Day had her hand in almost every super-empowered artist and entrepreneur deal of the 1990s. Women behind the desk played a very important role. In front of the microphone, however, their roles were more problematic. In the late ’80s artists like Salt-n-Pepa, Queen Latifah, and Monie Love cast a positive, almost wholesome image. But by the late ’90s, the emergence of Lil Kim and Foxy Brown changed the tenor of what it meant to be a woman in hip-hop. Many felt it was a regression toward females performing mostly for the male gaze. But that problem was and is bigger than hip-hop.