This post isn’t about Nicki Minaj…Sorry. Sure, Miss Minaj may indeed be the current household name when it comes to women in the rap game, but I have news; she’s not the only one! [place sarcasm here] Who knew right??
In actuality there are a number of female rappers & emcees (there is a difference folks) who don’t get the widespread play time & coverage that they deserve. Here are three of my current favs that I think you should check out (in no particular order). Needless to say, I’ll be looking for all three of these young ladies to blow up soon :)
1) Audra The Rapper
The name says it all. No gimmicks, just Audra. And she’s a rapper (or that’s what she wants you to think). As an artist I think she’s more than just her name. Sure she possesses all the requisites of being a rapper in today’s industry. She raps about money, materialistic ideals & an appreciation for blowing trees. But believe it or not she’s conscious. And if you’re a young lady in college who’s ever been caught in the whirlwind of complications in college relationships (or the lack thereof) be sure to check out “Comfort Zone” & “Coo Coo” if empathy is what you’re looking for. She’s not your typical female rapper by a long shot, with her horseshoe nose ring & hipster swag, she also doesn’t refer to herself as an expert in sexual prowess which is refreshing. Recently signed to Rick Ross’s Maybach Music, she’s had a bit of a struggle on her come up but I’m sure hoping she’ll be around for a while.
- In her own words: “Hi, I’m different, but you can call me fresh,”
- Reminiscent of: Missy Elliot & Eve at their peeks
- Latest Mixtape: No Such Thing Does Exist [click here to download]
Oh & did I mention she has a song with Raheem Devaughn? Check it
First off she’s the brainchild of Grammy champ producer 9th Wonder (for my R&B fans he produced Destiny Child’s “Girl” & Erykah Badu’s “Honey” along with songs for everybody from Wale, Jay Z, Ludacris & David Banner). To say the least, she set the bar high. Like really high. She’s also one sixth of the hip hop troupe, Kooley High & serves as one of the group’s three wunderkind emcees. A graduate from North Carolina State (where she majored in accounting), she doesn’t dumb down in her rhymes but doesn’t go all philosophical on us either. She keeps it real. No sugar-coating or glamour to make the pill easier to swallow. She just prescribes it. She has plenty hype and never fails to live up to it. And honestly, I’m glad she chose hip hop over punching numbers at a 9 to 5.
- In her own words: “Bring the feelin’ back,”
- Reminiscent of: Rapsody
- Latest Mixtape: Thank H.E.R. Now [click here to download]
Forgot to mention, her latest mixtape’s tracks feature her band mates Charlie Smarts & TabOne (“One Time”), singer/MC Estelle (“Fly Girl Power”), Mac Miller (“Extra, Extra”), Marsha Ambrosius (“Baby Yeah”), Jean Grae, ya’ll remember her, right? (“Blankin’Out Remix”), the legendary Raekwon (“Black Diamonds”) & Big KRIT (“So Be It”). Definitely well worth a listen folks.
OH! And she samples Frank Ocean at the end of “Fly Girl Power” :) Makes me love her that much more!
3) Nitty Scott,MC
So while VH1 was busy trying to diversify the face of the rap industry by force-feeding us the video-hoe pornstar rapper, Somaya Reece, not only should they have been trying to back someone who could actually rap & they should have exposed the masses of basic bishes Basketball Wives fans to an emcee like Nitty Scott. She’s only 20, but to say this youngin’ (says me, the 22-year-old) has an old soul is an understatement. Sure she may not have been deep in the drug game or have serious gang ties but one thing is for sure, she draws inspiration from her experiences. She’s had her struggles just like all of us and it made her the emcee she is today. I can respect that. She speaks her truth & does so to encourage others (yes I’m getting sappy) in tracks like “Time Is Running Out.” But she does so in a way that makes your head bob involuntarily. Her flow is impeccable & her style a force to be reckoned with. I expect, no demand to hear more!
- In her own words: “I’m lady rapper/complex like origami/ And honestly got more to talk about than my punani, mami”
- Reminiscent of: sounds like what would happen if the content of old school MCs like Queen Latifah & MC Lyte had offspring with Lil Kim’s delivery
- Latest Mixtape: The Cassette Chronicles [click here to download]
Check out her slaying Kanye’s Monster