4. Philadelphia Radio Pioneer Lady B Makes Her Mark
How much of an impact has radio legend Wendy “Lady B” Clark had on Philadelphia hip-hop? When the WRNB radio host celebrated her 30th year anniversary in the music biz in 2011, global icon Will Smith was there in-studio to congratulate the prominent voice. And for good reason. Lady B was the first Philly DJ to champion hip-hop.
After recording the city’s first commercial rap single (1979’s “To the Beat Y’all”), she kicked off her on-air career at WHAT radio station, and by 1984 Lady B debuted her now legendary Power 99 radio show The Street Beat. Everyone from hometown heroes Schooly D, Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince and Three Times Dope to out-of-state talents Run-DMC, LL Cool J, and MC Lyte have cited Lady B’s immeasurable influence in breaking a plethora of landmark acts. And she is showing no signs of slowing down. Lady B can currently be heard on WRNB 100.3. in where else? Philadelphia.