Check Out These 5 Female MCs Leading the Charge
At face value, hip-hop seems more ready than ever to embrace all sorts of rising female emcees. Gone are the days of rap’s exclusivity–you can be soft femme and rap hard. But, even as Beyoncè taken pop feminism to the top of the Billboard charts, the pathway to success for women in hip-hop is not nearly as clear cut as it is for their male counterparts. While the mainstream manages a huge cast of male emcees, the amount of female voices that have found broad success is considerably more limited. There’s Nicki. There’s Dej Loaf. There’s Missy Elliott dancing on a hoverboard. There’s Azealia Banks doing… what she does. But, considering the large pool of incredibly talented female rappers out there, there are plenty more female emcees who should be blowing up your feed. Here are just 5 “supa dupa fly” female rappers that have the chops to make it big.
Nitty Scott Is Ready To Take On The World
When we talk about hip-hop greats, we throw around words like “versatility.” Since entering the arena in 2010, Brooklyn by-way-of Orlando emcee Nitty Scott has shown off her ability to change with the times around her. In an interview with Hot 97, Scott said that the influential men around her told her to hide her sexuality. They said that “you cannot be both smart and progressive and earthy and relatable, and all of these positive things you want to embody, you cannot be that and sexy at the same time.” But Nitty Scott can. She can spit disabling cyphers, as she does on her “Hieroglyphic” freestyle, and she can rock a crown of flowers while proselytizing some nu-spirituality shit. Her Creature! EP, slated for a summer release, has radio-ready bass to pair with her fiendishly smart wordplay, and we can’t wait.
The Last Artful, Dodgr Will Steal Your Soul
I’ve already gushed about The Last Artful, Dodgr before, but, when an emcee has a tongue this razor-sharp, her name bears repeating. Whether she’s rapping, singing, or posturing over the beat, everything Dodgr does come across effortlessly. The latest project from the Portland-based emcee, titled Rare Treat, combines her drum-tight delivery with labelmate Myke Bogan’s signature acid-drip style. Keep an ear out.
Leikeli47 Is Hip-Hop’s Masked Invader
Leikeli47 (pronounced leh-kay-lee) rocks a ski mask at all times, but she’s not hiding anything. In her interview with Milk, she described the mask as a way of unleashing her inner self. “It makes me feel carefree; I’m raceless, I’m genderless, all of that.” Her unbound spirit has lent itself well to the EDM dancehalls. Alongside producer Baaeur (of “Harlem Shake” fame) and grime rapper Novelist, Leileli47 blows away the competition (figuratively and literally, in the excellent music video) for “Day Ones.”
Shake070’s Brings OVO Swagger to Jersey’s Hip-Hop Scene
Move over Drake–Shake, or Shake070, has got that wavering rap/R&B routine down pat. The emcee, along with the rest of the 070 collective, hails from New Jersey, but her brand of PBR&B has been making waves across the East Coast. Her street smart style, too–she was recently featured in KITH’s Spring lookbook.
K. Flay Explores the Highs and Lows on “FML”
K. Flay’s latest song, “FML,” isn’t the bottom-of-the-drink cry for help that you might expect. Instead, “FML” explores the good with the bad. “Fuck my life,” she says, over super-charged synths and house rhythms. “I love my love,” the echo say back. Flay has been exploring these hard-to-pronounce emotional states over stripped-down electronica for a few years now, following a path similar to contemporaries Dessa and Kilo Kish. She started out making music as a side-project, releasing half-joke songs, the musical equivalent to doodling. But, as she told Milk in a 2013 interview, “at some point you realize there’s a degree of emotionality that you invest that actually makes [sincerity] sort of integral.”
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