So Congressman Hakeem Jeffries remedied that situation earlier this month by honoring female hip-hop stars on the floor of Congress.
Jeffries unveiled his list of the “Top 10 Female MC Hip-Hop Collaborations of All Time.”
His list included:
10. Eve - “My Chick Bad”
9. Monie Love - “My Buddy”
8. Missy Elliot - “Hot Boys”
7. Remy Ma - “Ante Up Remix”
6. Lauryn Hill - “Ready or Not”
5. Nicki Minaj - “Up All Night”
4. Da Brat - “The B-Side”
3. Lady of Rage - “G Funk Intro
2. Foxy Brown - “Ain't No”
1. Lil' Kim - “Quiet Storm Remix”
Of course, the list immediately caused controversy throughout the House of Representatives.
Speaker Paul Ryan quickly held a press conference denouncing Jeffries' actions, calling for a special congressional ad-hoc committee to investigate why Queen Latifah and MC Lyte were left out of the top 10.
“And don't even get me started on Roxanne Shante,” Ryan told reporters gathered in a hallway in the Capitol, immediately dredging up the heated controversy about which borough invented hip-hop. “The bridge most definitely is not over.”
Jeffries quickly amended his remarks.
“These extraordinary MCs, along with legendary pioneers Queens Latifah, MC Lyte and Salt-N-Peppa, shattered hip-hop's glass ceiling with their skill, talent and lyrical ability,” the congressman said. “As we celebrate Women's History Month here in the United States Congress, these dynamic women are worthy to be praised.”
Ryan said he expects hearings to begin as early as next week.
This isn't the first time Jeffries has honored rap artists on the floor of the House. Last year, he honored The Notorious B.I.G. on the 20th anniversary of his death.