ABC News has announced a new special The Real Queens of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed the Game, which takes an intimate look at the evolution and impact of women emcees and rappers, told by the trailblazing artists who helped create a musical and cultural empire.

What’s Happening:

  • This brand new special from ABC News features an all-female interview lineup, narrated by Salt of Salt-N-Pepa.
  • The Real Queens of Hip-Hop chronicles the origins of hip-hop as it grew from urban culture in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and eventually exploded into the pop mainstream as a globally recognized musical genre and cultural phenomenon. It explores how the strides of each generation influenced the next and celebrates what the genre has become and the women who have ushered it forward and continue to push its boundaries.
  • Many legends of hip-hop’s past and present are interviewed, including City Girls, MC Sha-Rock, Da Brat, Eve, Trina, Yo-Yo, Lakeyah, Lil Mama, and Roxanne Shanté.
  • This special serves as a promotion for ABC’s new primetime drama Queens, which begins airing Tuesday October 19 at 10/9c.
  • The Real Queens of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed the Game – An ABC News Special airs Monday, October 18 at 10/9c on ABC and can be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

What They’re Saying:

  • Marie Nelson, senior vice president of integrated content strategy, ABC News said: “I grew up listening to and loving the pioneering work of female emcees and was amazed by how much I learned when previewing this special. With projects like ‘The Real Queens of Hip-Hop,’ ABC News and ABC Entertainment are working to super-serve culturally diverse and multigenerational audiences with authentic and relevant storytelling that widens the lens and places their experiences at the center.”