With a new year comes many resolutions and a heap of people claiming, “This year is my year.” As much as you have heard and will hear that in day-to-day life, in a way it sort of applies to music artists as well. Only, they’re not the ones claiming that this year will be their year – I AM. Well, I don’t want to get ahead of myself and say that these following artists will necessarily reign supreme this whole YEAR, but they will definitely be acts to look out for. This list is comprised only of female rappers.
I myself don’t listen to very many female rappers at the moment because I feel like they do lack what I enjoy in any rapper. That being lyricism, delivery and basically substance.
If you lack that, then why would I want to listen to your music? I had to do a little bit of research and find not only what I found appealing to my ears, but what I think a lot of other hip hop fans will find enjoying as well.
1. Angel Haze. To kick off this list, you have the “Native American, trendsetting veteran” Miss Angel Haze. While I can’t actually remember what [particular] song of hers reeled me in and made me think, “Dang, she’s dope.” I do remember just watching YouTube videos one day when I came across her channel and decided to take a listen. What I like about Angel Haze is that she isn’t afraid to be herself and she actually raps about real life situations [The Show Goes On cover] that I and others I know can relate to. With bars for days, Haze is definitely a wordsmith and her vocabulary is bar none superior than [some] artists with YEARS under their belt. Alongside “The Show Goes On,” another piece of work by Haze that I highly favor is a spoken word piece titled “Dear Long Distance“.With over 10,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, Haze has been making quite a buzz for herself. Outside of YouTube, she has been featured on many blogs and she has dropped two mixtapes. Download Angel Haze Presents: Altered Ego and KING here.
2. Iggy Azalea is a 21 year old Australian bombshell who discovered that she could rap at the age of 14. Shortly before her sweet 16th, Iggy relocated to the United States to pursue her dream as a rapper. Though she has yet to be signed, Iggy is managed by Interscope’s very own George Robertson and Neil Jacobson. Iggy has been making noise in the industry with her promotional songs “Pu$$y” and “My World”. When it comes to influences, Azalea states none other than the late-great Tupac Shakur. “I was sickly obsessed,” she says in an interview with Global Grind. “I had every picture of Tupac ever printed on my wall.”
While I can’t yet say whether or not I’m reaaaally sold on Iggy yet, I must say that I do like “My World”. It has a very catchy, repetitive hook, and overall I think that the song is what is “in” right now. Her debut album, “The New Classic” drops later this year and along with that, you can also be on the look out for her upcoming mixtape, “1990” with YG. Check out IggyAzalea.com to download her free mixtape, “Ignorant Art”.
3. Nitty Scott, MC If ever I was really taken aback by any female artist, it’s Nitty Scott, MC. Hailing out of Brooklyn, Nitty without a DOUBT brings that gritty flow that I LOVE for a female rapper to have. If you’re going to come hard, then come hard. And boy, does Nitty come hard (pause), so please don’t underestimate her little pretty face. If I had to think of someone [relevant] to compare her to…yeah, it’d be hard. However, her flow does possess that 90s hip hop flava. The self-proclaimed “last boombox,” rest assured Nitty can hang with the best of them. With influences like Lauryn Hill, Kendrick Lamar, Jean Grae and A Tribe Called Quest amongst others – Scott’s goal is “to be apart of a movement and not an industry.” Check out NittyScottMC.com for updates on new music from Nitty Scott, MC or simply “like” her on Facebook.
4. Azealia Banks 20 year old, Harlem raised MC Azealia Banks has been raising a lot of eyebrows lately. Recently confirmed as the first artist to play Coachella this year, Banks has also reportedly been co-signed by Kanye West with rumors speculating that he wants to sign her to G.O.O.D. Music. I’m not sure what to make of her yet, but I will say that her style is very…versatile..and weird. For more music and news, check out AzealiaBanksForever.
5. Reema Major 16 year old Sudanese rapper and self-proclaimed “Illest Kid”, Reema Major is a force to be reckoned with. Now, you might have glanced twice at her age but sometimes, age ain’t nothing but a number and when you listen to her lyrics, you’ll most definitely overlook the fact that she’s even 16! Currently signed to a joint label with G7 Records, Inc./Universal Music Canada and Cherry Records/Interscope Records, Reema has participated in the 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypherand is the first (and youngest) Sudanese-Canadian female rapper to participate. Though she’s Sudanese, I also get a 90s hip hop kind of vibe with her as well. Check out her video for “I’m The One” with a cameo from Rick Ross! For updates on new music, check out her site ReemaMajor.com!