My Mic Sounds Nice the new documentary from BET premieres on 8/30 at 10pm. It is one of the best hip-hop films ever.

If you are a fan of hip-hop, documentaries or just great TV, check out the premiere of My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women and Hip-Hop on BET at 10pm on Monday, August 30. The show is the most comprehensive look at the role of women in hip-hop, ever, and it will be one of the best shows you have ever seen on BET. The film, produced by Ava DuVernay who also produced This Is the Life (a documentary on the rise of Bay Area underground hip-hop ) for Showtime, takes a look at the complicated evolution of women in hip-hop and attempts to answer the question of why there are so few women currently in the genre. The story is told chronologically and touches on virtually every female MC of note including Roxanne Shante, MC Lyte, Salt N Pepa, Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliot, Trina, Nicki Minaj and many, many others. The film is slickly shot (watch in HD if at all possible) with stark colors and interesting portraits of its subjects. If you were to pause many of the interviews, the composition would look like a photo from a coffee table book on hip-hop luminaries. More importantly, the substance of the film is equally engaging and does a lot to stimulate the dialogue on just why hip-hop is so lacking in the female voice. Check out the teaser for My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women and Hip-Hop and, in honor of the female MCs it documents, the 5 best to ever do it (in order…):

My Mics Sounds Nice teaser

Lauryn Hill

Missy Elliot

MC Lyte

Queen Latifah

Salt N Pepa (Sorry Kim and Foxy…)