By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc. com, originally filed Sunday, July 10, 2016
Atlanta R&B singer Angie Stone in the late 1970s was actually part of an early hip-hop group The Sequence and she is angry that VH1’s ‘Hip Hop Honors” is ignoring them.
The group isn’t as well known as other early hip-hop artists such as Sugarhill Gang, Kurtis Blow and Doug E Fresh. VH1, in its press release, cited Salt-n-Pepa, who didn’t form until 1985, as the first true female hip-hop group. Salt-n-Pepa is being honored Monday, along with Lil Kim, Missy Elliott and Queen Latifah, all bonafide stars in the hip-hop world.
In her press release, she expressed “outrage, hurt and disappointment” that they were “snubbed once again.”
Although they made no fuss of previous shows, trusting and believing that their time would come; this time the trio Angie B., Blondy Chisolm, and Cheryl “The Pearl” Cook feels undermined and disrespected and want their voice to be heard.
“They’re honoring “female” Hip Hop legends” said Stone. “We definitely should have been included in the celebration this year for sure!”
Their biggest single in 1979 was “Funk You Up.” Stone noted that the song has been sampled by Old Dirty Bastard, Trina and Dr. Dre.
Stone ultimately carved out her own R&B path in the 2000s with a handful of R&B hits such as “No More Rain,” “Wish I Didn’t Miss You” and “Brotha.” She also appeared in the TV One series “R&B Divas Atlanta” seasons 2 and 3 in 2014 and 2015.