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'QL Show' reunites Brandy with female rap pioneers from 'I Wanna Be Down'

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On Tuesday's "The QL Show," it was hard not to reflect on the best generation of female hip-hop rappers*. They rapped in their own body parts without unnecessary surgery, didn't need to show any T&A in order to get men's attention and demanded equal respect in the hip-hop industry. There were no gap-legged poses, bright wigs or diamonds to distract from lack of lyrical content. All of them were nice on the eyes but even nicer on the mic.

Talk show host and rapper Queen Latifah interviewed singer-actor Brandy Norwood and reunited her with two other pioneers from "I Wanna Be Down (Remix)": MC Lyte and Yo-Yo.

Other fun facts from the show:

Brandy went through a groupie moment seeing all of the female rappers at once.

Queen Latifah and Brandy cracked jokes about how bossy the teen artist was during the video shoot after being starstruck wore off.

Queen Latifah tried to convince video producer Hype Williams to let her keep his jacket.

Celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine gave MC Lyte makeup tips, and she remembered he "took away" her eyebrows.

Queen Latifah admitted she rewrote her part for "I Wanna Be Down" after hearing MC Lyte's lyrics for the song.

Queen Latifah thanked MC Lyte for helping her launch "The Queen Latifah Show." (MC Lyte was the first featured deejay when the show aired.)

MC Lyte announced that Hip Hop Sisters gives away two $100,000 annual scholarships to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Yo-Yo talked about the YoYo's School of Hip Hop literacy performing arts school in Los Angeles and Highland Park, Mich. She also celebrated the relaunch of the Intelligent Black Women's Coalition (IBWC). Members of IBWC were in the audience wearing red and pink.

* Eve, Rah Digga, Salt n' Pepa, Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliott and Da Brat also deserve a salute for their parts in hip-hop, but the intro focuses on pioneers.

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