SHA-ROCK: THE FIRST FEMALE EMCEE
Words by Dialo Askia
Sha-Rock was the first female MC. She rocked with the Funky Four Plus One More in an era where the competition was ‘furious’. These were the days of live battles. There were no second takes if you made a mistake. The Funky Four Plus One More had routines that flowed like synchronized swimmers; but it was the crowd that was holding their breath in anticipation. These weren’t the three-minute, round battles to crown a victor, of today. Back then, they battled with shows.
The group, initially known as the Funky Four, formed in 1976. These were the beginnings of Hip Hop when advertisement was word-of-mouth and B-boys and B-girls descended upon the park to display foot and ground work to a Kool Herc break. After a lineup change, the Funky Four Plus One More was born: two deejays and five mc’s- DJ Breakout, DJ Baron, K.K. Rockwell, Keith Keith, Lil Rodney C, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and MC Sha-Rock. Their music displayed cohesiveness in the way their voices intertwined with the beat, from one mc to the next, building music like an assembly line…READ THE FULL ARTICLE NOW.
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