Throwback Jams: The Baddest Ladies Of Hip-Hop And R&B

Music

Celebrate #TBT every week with a themed playlist from VIBE’s speakers to your ears


There’s a surplus of testosterone flowing through music today. In 2015, ladies are leaning in and showing out on the mic and beyond. As a toast to our accomplishments, take this sound trip with some of the baddest women to run the hip-hop and R&B game in the ’90s and early 2000s. Whether you’re creeping like TLC or hittin’ ‘em up style like Blu Cantrell, allow these ladies to soundtrack your current situation.

Lil’ Kim & Junior M.A.F.I.A. “Crush On You”

Angie Martinez, Lil Kim, Left Eye, Da Brat & Missy Elliott “Ladies’ Night”

Destiny’s Child “Jumpin’, Jumpin'”

TLC “Creep”

Missy Elliott & Da Brat “Sock It To Me”

Jade “Don’t Walk Away”

Zhane “Hey Mr. DJ”

702 “Steelo”

Blu Cantrell “Hit Em Up Style”

Whitney Houston “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay”

Mariah Carey “Honey”

Janet Jackson Feat. Busta Rhymes “What’s It Gonna Be”

La Bouche “Be My Lover”

Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop (That Thing)”

Eve “Who’s That Girl”

SWV “You’re The One”

Total “What About Us”

Adina Howard “Freak Like Me”

Brandy “Baby”

Aaliyah “Back And Forth”

Monica “Don’t Take It Personal (One Of Them Days)”

Queen Latifah “U.N.I.T.Y.”

Salt-N-Pepa “Shoop”

Erykah Badu “Bag Lady”

India.Arie “Video”

Jennifer Lopez Feat. Big Pun & Fat Joe “Feelin’ So Good”

Soul II Soul “Back To Life”

Ashanti “Happy”

Sade “Sweetest Taboo”