20 Female Rappers You Should Be Listening To.

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Female Rappers


An article at NPR recently asked “Where Did All The Female Rappers Go?”. The reason for the serious dearth of femcee’s in the mainstream is a complicated one, largely tied to the commercialization of rap music and the general preference of certain styles of hip-hop over others. But as serious hip-hop heads know, radio play doesn’t necessarily mean quality. There aren’t less female rappers than there used to be, it’s just that female rappers are the same place their talented male counterparts are, they are hustling to be build buzz through all forms of media, doing things the indie way, or are pretty much underground. In no particular order, here are 20 female rappers we think you should be listening to. They range from conscious to hyper-sexual to perfect for a party to straight up gangster and everything in between. Have a Listen!

1. Njena Reddd Foxxx.

Njena Reddd Foxxx

This Washington native’s feature alongside Zebra Katz in “Ima Read” made her a playlist and fashion runway staple. The track even provided the soundtrack for Rick Owens’ winter collection that year.

Gateway Track: “Silly Bitch”


2. Dominique Young Unique

Dominique Young Unique


This Tampa, Florida native first gained buzz in 2009 at the ripe-old age of 17. Since then she’s been slowly gaining traction in the music world and in the fashion world.

Gateway Track: “Earthquake”



3. Angel Haze

Angel Haze, Female Rappers


When I first heard this artist, I basically gobbled up every mixtape, every dis track of hers I could find. Her introspective, self-aware style and major technical skill are addicting.

Gateway Track: “Werkin’ Girls”


4. Sharaya J.

Sharaya J, Female Rappers


This Missy Elliot protégé is a triple threat with amazing skills as a rapper, dancer, and creative director.

Gateway Track: “Smash Up The Place”


5. JunglePussy

Junglepussy, female rappers

This Brooklyn girl is blunt, pro-black and pro-woman. Whether she is talking about matters of race or gender, she’s always sharing pure knowledge.

Gateway Track: “Satisaction Guaranteed”


6. Sasha Go Hard

Sasha Go Hard, Female Rappers


This rapper is about as Chicago as it gets; she’s held her own along the likes of Chi-town’s hardest lyricists.

Gateway Track: “Own Lane”


7. Invincible

Invincible


This rapper and social activist lived in Israel as a child and learned to speak english by listening to Hip-hop albums.

Gateway Track: “Sledgehammer”

8. Jean Grae

Jean Grae, Female Rappers

Born in Capetown, South Africa Jean Grae is probably the most seasoned artist on this list, but I just had to include her. She’s quirky, artsy, romantic, pensive, self-aware and complicated. Her latest projects include a web sitcom and an album/novel.

Gateway Track: “12 Desperada”


9. Nitty Scott MC

Nitty Scott MC, Female Rappers

This young rapper’s star is slowly on the rise as she’s gained comparisons to MC Lyte and Lauryn Hill.

Gateway Track: “Bath Salt”


10. Yani

Yani, Female Rappers

Yani is an Atlanta artist who we’ve featured ’round these parts. She socially-conscious, grounded, positive and unapologetic.

Gateway Track: “Mo’ Betta”


11. Noname Gypsy

Noname Gypsy, Female Rappers

This Chicago girl’s style is nerdy, artsy and socially-conscious. She urges us to “close your third eye and look with your real eyes”.

Gateway Track: “Sunday Morning”


12. FM Supreme

FM Supreme, Female Rappers

Another Chicago girl on this list, this hip-hop and peace activist blends her work as an activist, educator, mentor and musician to create some serious tracks.


Gateway Track: “No Turning Back”


13. Karol Conka

Karol Conka, Female Rappers

Of course we had to show some love to Brazil. With so many hip-hop artists coming out the country, Brazil is turning out some serious talent. Like many of her peers, Karol Conka mixes African-influenced, favela-bred baile funk with an amazing flow.


Gateway Track: “Boa Noite”


14. Lola Monroe

Lola Monroe, Female Rappers

This Ethopian-born lyricist delivers hard rhymes in sweet tones. She is definitely reminiscent of some of the luxurious lady rappers on the late 90’s.


Gateway Track: “Dark Red Lipstick”


15. Lizzo

Lizzo, Female Rappers

This Minneapolis native manages to drop serious rhymes but without taking herself too seriously. Her music is pure, unadulterated fun but still manages to be quality without unecessary gimmicks.


Gateway Track: “Batches and Cookies”


16. Nyemiah Supreme

Nyemiah Supreme, Female Rappers

Brought to you by Timbaland, this Queens girl’s flow quite melodious.


Gateway Track: “Rock & Roll”


17. Tiye Phoenix

Tiye Phoenix, Female Rappers

Tiye Phoenix is a musical prodigy who has been navigating the music industry since the 90’s. Her previous all-female collective hip-hop group, S.O.U.L. Food Sympphony performed the likes of Nas and Gil Scott-Heron.


Gateway Track: “Flashing Enlightenment”


18. Rapsody

Rapsody, Female Rappers

This North Carolina girl has quite a resume which includes work with Erykah Badu, Rah Digga, Estelle, and many, many, more. Her tracks are smartly produced, raw, minimalist and technically gifted.


Gateway Track: “Illuminaughty”


19. Dai Burger

Dai Burger, Female Rappers

Another rapper we’ve definitely shouted out around these parts, because she combines two of my favorite things, food and hip-hop.


Gateway Track: “Soufflé”


20. Sa-Roc

Sa-Roc, Female Rappers

This artist’s unique spoken-word style had me hooked from the first track. Sa-Roc is a true example of “poetry in motion”.


Gateway Track: “Code of Hammurabi”


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