Hip Hop : A Year End List Produced By Xxl Magazine

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The XXL Magazine Freshman Class is a year-end list produced by XXL Magazine for emerging hip-hop artists in the United States. Since the list began, only four women have made the list. The methods of selection for this list is broken down and analyzed to discover why these women made the list and why other women practitioners of hip-hop did not make the list. The questions How many woman who appear in XXL Magazine’s Freshman Class have charting songs at the time of their feature, how many women who appear on XXL Magazine’s Freshman Class are nominated for music awards at the time of their feature and how are the women hip-hop artists described in the issues they were featured were asked in order to reach the conclusion that the list has…show more content…
In the 1990s, many women were garnering enough recognition to earn platinum music recording sales certification for their work. Artists like Salt-n-Pepa, Da Brat, Foxy Brown, Eve, Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott were leading in hip-hop charts during this decade (Neilson, 2014). It is important to see how women thrive and are treated in hip-hop by hip-hop publications, and a start would be to look at a publication like XXL Magazine as it plays an influential part in the genre. In this study, we will look at three research questions that will help understand the interaction between hip-hop publications and women practitioners: How many woman who appear in XXL Magazine’s Freshman Class have charting songs at the time of their feature, how many women who appear on XXL Magazine’s Freshman Class are nominated for music awards at the time of their feature and how are the women hip-hop artists described in the issues they were featured? To answer this question, it must be understood what it means for an artist to have a charting song. Record charts records the popularity of a musician’s single or album that is released to the public for purchase and consumption. These charts track popularity through plays on the radio, purchases, downloads or, more recently, streams of the music. Record charts are produced through media

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