Netflix has shared the first trailer for the upcoming documentary Ladies First: A Story of Women in Hip-Hop. The limited series features icons of the genre, such as Queen Latifah, Remy Ma, Roxanne Shante and more telling their stories. It is to premiere on the streaming service on August 9th.
Elsewhere, the likes of Sha-Rock, MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, Da Brat, Rah Digga, Coi Leray, Bahamadia, Tierra Whack, Latto, Monie Love, Kash Doll, Saweetie, Rapsody and Chika also appear. “We have come through a lot. We have stood back up and will always keep standing back up,” Queen Latifah says at one point in the trailer.
The official synopsis reads: “This timely limited doc series recontextualizes the irrepressible women of hip hop and their role in the genre’s 50 years by reinserting them into the canon where they belong: at the center, from day one to present day. Each of the four installments features a parade of iconic emcees like MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, and Rah Digga, up and comers, and artists currently at the top of the charts like Latto, and Tierra Whack alongside key figures from record labels, stylists, and journalists.”
Continuing: “By giving flowers to originators like Sha-Rock and Roxanne Shante or hearing real talk from contemporary superstars like Saweetie and Coi Leray, Ladies First: A Story of Women in Hip-Hop contextualizes the history of the music that changed the world within the wider social, racial, and political landscape of the times and, crucially, through a female lens.”
Earlier this month, Netflix premiered the documentary Wham!, about the eponymous British pop group featuring George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. It charts the band’s rise to fame before frontman Michael went solo in the late 1980s.
Elsewhere on the music front, in May, Netflix announced that Erykah Badu is appearing in the feature film adaptation of the stage play The Piano Lesson, starring Samuel L. Jackson and John David Washington. It is produced by Denzel Washington.
Watch the trailer for the new series below.