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Lady B is Philadelphia Radio's original Hip-Hop pioneer and one of the original architects of this thing we call rap music.
A Legend is born. Starting out in hip hop fresh out of high school, hanging out at Kim Graves (Philly's top night club at the time) Lady B befriended the late great DJ Lawrence Levan. She used to pick up the mic and mock Darryl Dawkins and Lloyd (World B.) Free and the other "toasters", as rappers were called at that time. As her skills progressed, she was approached to do a record by legendary WDAS-FM jock, Dr. Perri Johnson.
That record was "To the Beat Yall," and was the first rap record recorded by a female, a historic event. Due to the frugalness of the record company, she was forced to record the song in one take. She put her rhymes together and Lady B, her sister and legendary WDAS-FM radio personality, Mimi Brown put them on 3X5 cards and actually had them taped up to the studio wall so she could remember them. She had one chance to get it right. She went into the booth, recited the rhyme once and the owner of the record company told her, "Okay that's a take."
After getting jerked at the label, she met Richard Cooper, a record promoter for Motown who informed her that WHAT was looking for an intern. So she started to work there doing odd jobs and learning. She eventually convinced Mary Mason to let her spin some of the new records that she had accumulated (about a milk crate full) on the air. After bugging her, Ms. Mason finally let her play some of the songs. The ratings shot through the roof and Lady B was hired full time.
After that Power 99FM outbid WDAS for her services and she started working full time as a DJ. Street Beat was born and the rest is history. Her show broke hip-hop artists such as: The Furious 5, The Treacherous 3, Public Enemy, Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, EPMD, UTFO, Mc Lyte, Schoolly D, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, KRS-1, MC Breeze, 3XD, Heavy D, and many many more! On her Radio show on 103.9 WPHI, she often spotlighted local artists on her show and playing their music and even spinning thier records. She is now broadcasting for the premiere satellite radio entity - Sirius Satellite Radio and on Philadelphia's premiere R&B station WRNB 107.9FM.
Lady B received the prestigious Philly Urban Legend Award in 2002 as a pioneer in Rap Music, the World Renowned Entertainment," Role Model of Excellence Award, two Lifetime Achievement Awards (including the Douglass "Jocko" Henderson award) and is also listed in VIBE magazine's History of Hip-Hop as "maybe the most influential female in hip- hop radio history."
"Lady B was a very instrumental figure in my success."-Will Smith -October 2003
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