A Fresh Change of Pace: The Women Rewriting Rap

 

 

Rap has long been a male-dominated genre. But from the beginnings of the 80’s Queen Latifah and Salt-N-Pepa, to Missy Elliot and Mary J. Blige, to Ciara and Nicki Minaj big ass and brutal lyrics, it’s been clear that the talent for dropping verse (and moves) is electrified with femininity. And now, more than ever, the music scene is seeing an emergence of a whole host of promising, talented, indie-rapping women. Move over, guys. These ladies are keeping it the realest.

 

If you haven’t heard of Angel Haze, you need to change that. The detroit-born poor rappers jams are nothing short of potent slam poetry, set to an addicting production of beats and compositions. She’s brilliant crafting the lyrics, and brilliant spitting them. For ultimate chills, you’ve got to listen to her song (featuring Sia!) titled “Battle Cry”. For ultimate empowerment, listen to her raging duet with Bastille, “Weapon”.

 

Well known on the NYC scene for her sheer talent and personality, is one of the best dressed rappers Awkwafina. Her songs are so alluring that she needs to be known on the everywhere scene, though. Originally from Queens, this clever gal began dipping her toes into the public hip-hop scene after returning home from university in Beijing. She not only writes her own lyrics, but works on much of the production as well. She’s all feminist anthems and NYC-inspired bops. But the freshest notion of all? A sweet change of pace.