Cameron's wife has come out saying she's a fan of the mouthy MC, here's a rundown of some other up and coming female rappers she needs to get on...
A lot of people are referring to 2012 as âthe year of the return of the female MC,â but I canât really agree. Firstly, because âthe year of the returnâ sounds clunky as shit, but more importantly because I donât think female MCs ever really left. But what do I know? If youâll refer to the comments section on my last piece, apparently not much.
Either way, itâs undeniable that there are a lot of decent lady-rappers coming into their own and spanking their male contemporaries all over the place. So hereâs a handful of some of my current favourites â thereâll be a few recognisable faces, but I tried to sprinkle in some surprises along the way.
I had to start here, because frankly sheâs a boss. Since the video for â212â dropped last summer, Banks has received a tidal wave of much-deserved attention, having since released the â1991â EP and her full-length mixtape, âFantasea.â With a fierce musical style that would sit just as well alongside â90s UK garage as it does todayâs rap/dance/pop amalgamation, Banks is a force to be reckoned with. For any non-believers, the buzz surrounding her is a lot more than just hype, and donât let the dance-flavoured beats put you off. This isnât Nicki Minaj all over again. Speaking of whom thereâs already beef in the air, as a few (not-so) veiled insults got thrown from camp to camp, culminating in Banksâ recent turning down of Minajâs invitation for her to tour as an opening act, blaming album-scheduling difficulties. Iâm not so sure.
Tink spits hype-as-fuck verses over beats that would get Lex Luger bouncing, with as much flair and confidence as someone twice her age.
Chicagoâs been doing big things recently, most notably the come-up of 16 year old Chief Keef and his co-sign list that stretches from Kanye West to Wiz Khalifa â so now Iâd like to shine a little light on 17 year Trinity Home (AKA Tink), the next artist to add to the Chi-Town alumni of energetic talent. Her first mixtape, âWinterâs Diary,â came out in March, a smooth collection of true-story R&B that everyone loves to describe as âstrikingly mature.â Watch the video for âBonnie and Clydeâ â the music touches on stripped-down, JhenĂŠ Aiko-style balladry, with visuals that peel away any of the pretty girl bullshit. Which brings us to the other Tink, the Tink who spits hype-as-fuck verses over beats that would get Lex Luger bouncing, with as much flair and confidence as someone twice her age. (Thatâs my cop-out way of saying âstrikingly mature’.) Start by listening to her freestyle over Chief Keefâs â3Hunna,â then move on to her latest mixtape, âAlter Ego,â which came out just three days ago and has racked up over 6000 views on Dat Piff. Next hype.
Iggyâs from Australia â no, I donât know where the accent came from either. Her first mixtape, âIgnorant Art,â was made âwith the intent to make people question and redefine old ideals,â so maybe I should just question and redefine my ideal of an Aussie chick rapping like a New York hoodrat, but whatever. Iggy has some hard tunes (âPU$$Yâ is unstoppable) but I canât say Iâm in love with her music. Still, she definitely deserves a mention, having signed to TIâs Grand Hustle label, and making history as the first female rapper in XXLâs Freshman List (Class of 2012.) This prompted a backlash from Azealia, who branded Azalea a racist for a line that referred to herself as a ârunaway slave master,â picking up from a tweet last September, in which she offered a simple: âAnd fuck Iggy Azalea, I had a song called ‘Pussy’ before she ever did. Hereâs a link to my song. Itâs better.â I agree, but go get that money, Iggy â you donât need me or Azealia Banks.
A lot of people first clocked Lady Leshurr in a 2010 freestyle for SBTV, where she bodied SXâs âWoo Riddim’
Iâm actually quite proud of our long-standing tradition of female MCs in the UK. Ladies went hard on garage tracks throughout the â90s and weâre still producing some undeniable talent. A lot of people first clocked Lady Leshurr in a 2010 freestyle for SBTV, where she bodied SXâs âWoo Riddim,â rivalling D Double E for my favourite bars on the beat. She worked with Lioness and Baby Blue as part of The Female Takeover, has four mixtapes and two EPs to her name, and has spent the first half of 2012 releasing DIY videos through her Youtube channel, âItsLadyLeshurrâ â âEasy On the Beatâ is a choice favourite. With co-signs from Wiley, Tim Westwood, and Ms. Dynamite herself, Lady Leshurr has a successful career ahead of her.
Nitty Scott is under-rated and, much as I hate to say it, I think she always will be. The âAboutâ section on Scottâs website sums her up better than I can: âNitty prides herself on making big strides in the music industry in a very short amount of time, with no financial backing, no gimmicks, no major co-signs/affiliations and no payola.â Scott strikes me as the type to jump straight into any cypher and start throwing out crazy bars like itâs nothing, but thereâs just something about her that suggests sheâll never quite achieve any sustained mainstream success. The best thing is she doesnât need it. Scottâs got a legion of dedicated fans willing to fight her corner, and sheâs building her own movement of like-minded people â âThe Boombox Family is grassroots music at its finest, with a vision to house a community of upward thinking creatives under one lifestyle brand.â In short, Nitty Scott spits fire and sheâs not the type to compromise her vision to sell a few records, which is pretty refreshing to see in 2012.
Njena Reddd Foxxx
If you havenât watched Zebra Katzâ âIma Readâ yet then youâve missed out on something pretty special. If you have watched it, then youâve undoubtedly been hypnotised by the woman with the braids, in the short skirt, giving looks to camera like sheâd smack your teeth out if you asked for her number. That woman is Njena Reddd Foxxx, and sheâs way overlooked because every interviewer wants to talk to Zebra Katz about his stupidly addictive song and how great he is. Ever since âIma Readâ I was looking for any solo output with Njenaâs name on it, resorting to a couple of lo-fi Youtube videos for the songs, âThe Trickerâ and âSilly Bitch.â The latter sounded good then and it sounded even better when the Wndrbrd-produced track got posted on Njenaâs SoundCloud back in May. âSilly Bitchâ does everything right where Nicki Minajâs âStupid Hoeâ went wrong, with Njenaâs rapid-fire delivery over a hype dance-hop beat. Iâd really love to tell you more about her, but from what I can scrape together on the internet there isnât a huge amount to tell. Her âClass Presidentâ EP drops soon, so if it lives up to this one track Iâd expect a lot more recognition for the New York (I think) native.
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