April 2013 MC Sha-Rock was appointed as a
National Advisor for the Cornell University Hip Hop Library Collection

“But Sha-Rock, I got to give the props to
her. She’s not only legendary; she’s a
pioneer, an Icon and a female MC. You
dudes need to take a lesson from
Sha-Rock. She changed my life”
Quoted by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels from
the legendary group ~Run DMC~2011

“I just remember the way Sha-rock used
to rhyme and shit. It was just mind
blowing. I was in love with her and I
didn’t even know what she looked
like. I was in love with her voice”!
Quoted by Sean Puffy” Combs
Peter Rosenberg’s 92Y Tribecca


Pioneering African American Rap Artist, MC Sha-Rock is relevant to the Hip Hop culture, music and industry!

She was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. In the early 1970’s, her parents decided to move the family to New York City. Established in 1976, she began her career as a b-girl/break-dancer in the Bronx, New York. She later went on to become “The Hip Hop Culture’s First Female Emcee/Rapper. In the Hip Hop community, she is often referred to as the “Luminary Icon” or the” Mother of the Mic”. She stands as the foundation for Female Emcee’s.

She is a formal member of the legendary rap group called The Funky 4 +1 More. They were coined as the Gladys Knight and Pips of Hip Hop. In ‘1979” they became the first Hip Hop group to have a legitimate record deal. They released their first single titled “Rapping and Rocking the House”, recorded at “16 “minutes. In “1981” they appeared on “Saturday Night Live” hosted by Deborah Harry of the legendary rock group “Blondie” and became the first Hip Hop group to appear on national television.

In the 1970’s and the ground-breaking era of the Hip Hop culture, MC Sha-Rock is credited with being the First Female Emcee, to go full circle in a MC rhyming battle with such groups, as Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5.

In 1984, MC Sha-Rock made a guest appearance in the legendary Hip Hop movie “Beat Street” as the “Us Girls”, which was directed by Mr. Harry Belafonte. Her work includes several documentaries for the BBC film organization. She has appeared on 20/20 in the “1981” special “Rapping to the Beat” hosted, by Hugh Downs. In the early 80’s, MC Sha-Rock was featured in many cable network TV shows, along with her group The Funky 4+1 More.

She has lend her likeliness to many documentaries to include,” Thirty Years of Hip Hop”, which aired on VH1 and “My Mic Sounds Nice” aired on the B.E.T. network. MC Sha-Rock is the first Female and Pioneer, of the Hip Hop culture to lend her voice for a televised commercial for the Mitsubishi” 2008” automobile advertisement.

To note, MC Sha-Rock is the most documented and photographed female emcee, to be sort out by her peers, in order to capture her essence throughout the ground- breaking years of Hip Hop. She was known for her skills as a Hip Hop artist in a male dominated arena. Her male peers never regarded her as “just a female”; she was seen as a female emcee with rhyming skills. Her unparalleled flow and prominent personality is why she has set the criterion opposed to conforming to others. She stands as a Hip Hop icon, a role model, and most importantly, as the foundation of female emcees.

MC Sha-Rock has received several awards and honorees for her contributions to Hip Hop Culture.

She is a recipient of the honorary award from the Council of the City of New York, for her contribution as a Female Pioneer emcee that helped lay the foundation and groundwork for the culture of Hip Hop.

In March 2007, MC Sha-Rock was honored and received a certificate of appreciation, that was presented to her by the historical all female (Bennett College) located in Goldsboro, NC and from the A&T; Middle College Student Body/A&T; State University for her contributions to the ground-breaking years of the Hip Hop culture.

She has received The Women’s of Distinction Award by The Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem, New York. She has been featured in magazines such as “The Source” (2013) and “The Essence” (2013) and several books written by Hip Hop historians and authors, acknowledging her contribution to the culture, which has helped pave the way for females of today’s Hip Hop culture.

2011-2013 The Rolling Stone Magazine named The Funky 4+1 More Hip Hop rap single titled “That’s The Joint” as one of the 50 greatest rap songs of all times.

MC Sha-Rock has been labeled by her fellow peers as the most celebrated Hip Hop female Pioneer MC of all time from fellow artists, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Fab 5 Freddy, MC Lyte and countless Hip Hop lovers around the world who have followed her career throughout her tenure. She has collaborated with many international artists, to include artists such as Ice T, Nas, Big Daddy Kane, Celo, Marley Marl, Grand Puba, Melle Mel, MC Spice, Malcolm McLaren and Angie Stone.

Throughout speaking engagements and endorsements, MC Sha-Rock has founded an educational and informative organization called “Tomorrow’s Footprints”. It is an organization that is committed to educating and preserving the history and fundamentals of the Hip Hop culture, through music and dance.

In April 2013, MC Sha-Rock was appointed as a National Advisor for the Cornell University Hip Hop Library Collection. She has also worked in the criminal justice field for many years. Sha uses her knowledge to bring awareness, by mentoring and educating young men, women, and at risk youth. Sha delivers the importance of choices, education and self- empowerment.


The Core DJS presents MIXSHOW LIVE Atlanta
August 8-11,2013
Location: TBA


The 1st Female Pioneer Luminary MC Mc Sha Rock Live Skype Conference
for Black and Women's History Month on March 2012 presented by The American
Corner Veszprém and the Voice of the Street Free Time and Sport Association.




Funky 4/Funky 4 +1 More:

• “Rappin & Rockin The House” (1979)
• “That’s The Joint” (1980)
• “Square Biz” (1982)
• “Do You Want to Rock (Before I Let Go) (1982)
• “Feel It” (The Mexican) (1983)
• “Super Stars” (1983)
• “King Heroin” was originally recorded in (1984) by the Funky 4, remixed and released by Jazzy Jeff in (1985)

MC Sha-Rock lends her voice and appears on recordings such as: 

Us Girls Can Boogie To” appeared as a member of the Us Girls courtesy of the motion picture “Beat Street”
 “All the Ladies” 1999 featuring Big Dig Daddy Kane
 “Legends of Hip Hop” (2002)  song titled “Fifth Element” where old school meets new school, associated artist includes 34 hip-hop legends.  Melle Mel, Ice-T, Flava Flav, Cheeks, Special K, Bambaataa, Run, Smooth Approach, Sha-Rock, Doc Ice, Busy Bee, Whodini, Rahiem, Reggie Reg, Grandmaster Caz, DLB, LA Sunshine, Grand Puba, Pete DJ Jones, Kurtis Blow, DJ Hollywood, Eddie Cheeba, Big Daddy Kane, Dano, Ceelo (as in Goodie Mob), Waterbed Kev, Speech, Kidd Creole, Grand Wizard Theodore, Dota Rock, Rakim & DJ Kool Herc.
 “Where Are They Now” featuring NAS “
 ” A Hip Hop Odyssey” 2011 produced by Marley Marl.