Updated: Dec 10, 2019
It's so weird knowing that hip hop is only ever dominated by men and that female rappers are seldom given the same opportunities, access, and rise to fame as their male counterparts do.
Don't get me wrong. I love Drake... and the others, but I genuinely feel like female rappers are underappreciated and paid absolute DUST! So many of these gworls could write circles around these mainstream rappers dominating the Billboard Charts right now and it doesn't make sense to me how often they are overlooked and tossed aside.
Hip hop is constantly evolving and reflecting the current times, however - the faces of this narrative are rarely ever women. What's even more wild is that when people talk about female rappers, they list the veterans like Missy Elliot, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, etc, but never the girls who are shaking the table TODAY. I know that we should, and WILL never, forget the impact that these legends have contributed to hip hop, but I also know that we do ourselves a disservice when we don't allow the current generation to blossom into the legends that they could be if we don't even give them a chance.
It's obvious that hip hop is viewed as a boys club, but that doesn't mean that these undeniably strong female presences in the rap scene should remain ignored.
Nonetheless, I've curated a list of some of my favourite female rappers of today and those of which I'm excited to hear from (if they continue to release music) in 2019.
The list goes consists of quick-paced, beat-eating, wig detaching, confidence boosting lyrical geniuses like Kamiayah, Lady Leshurr, Leikeli47, Megan The Stallion, Rico Nasty, Maliibu Miitch, and Cupcakke, to soulful-sounding, lullaby rapping, genre-switching storytelling artists like Noname, JunglePussy, and Tierra Whack.
I made this video with short snippets of my favourite songs by these artists, however - I just wanted to make it clear that I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO ANY OF THESE IMAGES OR VIDEOS USED WITHIN THIS VIDEO. Please, do not sue me. I'm still a broke student.
Let me know what you think!