Sheri Sher is an American Hip-Hop pioneer best known as a founding member of the first all-female Hip-Hop group “Mercedes Ladies,” formed in the late 70s. Born and raised in the “Boogie Down” Bronx, NY, Sheri began to make a name for herself in music as a teen. Along with the other members of Mercedes Ladies, Sheri- the seventh of 11 children from a single parent home- gained respect in the industry alongside some of Hip Hop’s most revered icons, such as Grandmaster Flash, DJ Kool Herc, and Afrika Bambaataa.
In 2008, Sheri authored the first female hip-hop novel to be published, titled “Mercedes Ladies”. Sheri’s goal in writing the book was to inspire its readers through true stories of life’s struggles and triumphs as seen and heard by women who experienced it all in the world of hip-hop. Eminent rapper and social advocate KRS-One proudly posted his assenting analysis of Sheri’s novel on YouTube, calling Sheri “a pioneer” and “a primary source.” Further signifying her book’s importance, excerpts from the novel have been quoted in hip-hop history lectures around the world.
Sheri has been featured in several documentaries including “5 Sides of a Coin” by Paul Kell, and referenced in the Ava Duvernay–produced BET documentary “My Mic Sounds Nice,” in which legend rapper, author, producer Chuck D discusses the contributions the Mercedes Ladies made to Hip-Hop. In 2014 the Mercedes Ladies were inducted into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame. As a Hip-Hop music genre authority, Sheri has appeared in Japan’s Riddim Magazine; on BBC television; and in American magazines such as VIBE, VIBE Vixen, Stress, and The Source. She’s featured in several books including “All About Hip Hop,” Volumes I & II by David Toupees; VIBE’s Hip Hop Divas book “First Ladies” by Cristina Veran; and “Yes Yes Y’all” by Charlie Ahearn.
Sheri Sher is proud to have been a participant in the Carma Foundation’s benefit hosted by Wyclef Jean and MTV’s Sway in support of the victims of the 2010 Haitian earthquake disaster. She donated 100% of the evening’s book sale proceeds to the cause.