An illustrative book charting the history of women in hip-hop from author Clover Hope and illustrator Rachelle Baker is hitting shelves soon. The book, entitled Motherlode: 100+ Women Who Made Hip-Hop, will be shipping to readers everywhere on February 2nd. According to a description on, the content of the work will be as follows: “The Motherlode highlights more than 100 women who have shaped the power, scope, and reach of rap music, including pioneers like Roxanne Shanté, game changers like Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott, and current reigning queens like Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and Lizzo–as well as everyone who came before, after, and in between”.

The book is currently #1 on Amazon’s list of new literary releases on the subject of rap music and has already received rave reviews from well respected artists. Issa Rae, author of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and creator of HBO’s Insecure had this to say about Clover Hope’s work: “This is the quintessential, comprehensive book about women in the rap industry that I’ve been waiting for. It shines a bright light on a history of overlooked female talent and breaks down the ingenuity of our current generation of stars”. 

This title is a must read for anyone with an interest and passion for all things hip-hop–especially in light of 2021’s Black History Month. The Motherlode has already garnered a ton of buzz from various news outlets–landing article spots on accredited sites such as Forbes, Pitchfork, DJ Mag and many more.

Check out The Motherlode on Amazon in the link below where you can  pre-order the title before it hits shelves on February 2nd.