5 Up & Coming Female Rappers To Look Out For
by Wanna Thompson
Rap/Hip-Hop has made significant strides over the last few decades and is now the most streamed genre according to Nielsen Music. Despite this incredible achievement, most of the MC’s being pushed to the forefront are male while female rappers are few and far in between and continue to be pitted against each other by the masses. While Nicki Minaj and Cardi B are putting on for women in the industry and breaking records in the process, there are various up and coming female rappers who are making a name for themselves, eagerly awaiting their chance to shine.
Megan Thee Stallion
Hailing from Houston, Texas, this self-proclaimed H-Town Hottie is the perfect addition to the industry with her witty yet provocative flow that shows off her southern accent without flaw. Crediting Pimp C and Biggie as her favorite rappers in a recent interview, Thee Stallion’s intense wordplay is the main attraction every time she spits. After appearing in the now infamous Houston Cypher in 2016, Megan Thee Stallion is making a name for herself on social media and continues to entice listeners with tracks like, Fantasy Pool Party, WTF I Want, and the raunchy Stalli Freestyle that displays her dominance and sex-positive lyrics. The 22-year-old rapper is slaying everything she touches and continues to show up and show out on her 7 track EP Make It Hot which was released late last year. Raking in over 150,000 followers on Twitter and Instagram combined and accumulating over 108,000 plays on Spotify a month, Megan is the one to watch.
While she may not be new to many, Lizzo is the stylish, body-positive rapper making waves on social media due to her crazy cool persona that is embedded in her music. The Minnesota native has a plethora of hits stashed in her discography since 2013 with the release of her debut album Lizzobangers, followed by Big Grrrl Small World and the critically acclaimed EP Coconut Oil that dropped in 2016. The Alternative Hip-Hop rapper puts a refreshing, funky spin on the genre and has masterfully set herself apart from the rest with an undeniable flow that has quotables for days. The MC garners a solid amount of attention on Spotify with 670,000+ listeners a month and is often booked and busy when it comes to tour dates and guest appearances. If your curious about Lizzo, I encourage you to listen to Scuse Me, Good As Hell and the twerk-bounce infused single Fitness.
In a world where perfection is often touted on social media, Bbymutha crushes that facade with her raw lyrics that expose listeners to her real life experiences. The 28-year-old MC is a proud mother of 4 children and holds nothing back as she reclaims the negative stereotypes that are often given to single mothers by reinventing herself on her own terms. Residing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Bbymutha has built a solid fanbase across all platforms and garners 60,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. The popular single, Indian Hair (featured on her EP Weave) is an eclectic standout within Mutha’s discography as well as the viral hit Rules which appears on her 2016 EP Glow Kit. Her Midwest flow is nothing short of infectious as she tells it like it is with no trace of respectability politics. Earlier this year she released a 7 track EP BbyShoe which showcases her signature flow.
This self proclaimed, “Princess of Rap” boasts an extensive resume with a long history of spitting gritty rhymes with a bougie spin. From her first EP Rise of Barbie Doll Gang to her latest release Doll Szn, Asian Doll flexes her lyrical capability while paying homage to the original Barbie, Nicki Minaj who has inspired her sound and style tremendously. The Dallas-born rapper shines on tracks like Real Bitch Anthem, Lame Niggaz (Playboi Carti Remix) and her recent contribution to the #ChunLiChallenge. The Queen of Teens is quickly climbing up the ranks on social media with 130,000 monthly listens on Spotify and over 700,000 followers on Instagram. If you’re in the mood for a quirky MC with a vibrant look, Asian Doll is sure to stun.
If you haven’t heard of Kyah, you’re going to thank me shortly after this post. Kyah Baby has been circulating on the scene for quite some time now with catchy singles like F*ck Me Like I’m Famous in 2014 and Peter Griffin in 2017 which has an impressive 66,000 listens on Spotify. However, her freestyle on Hot97 with Funkmaster Flex in March unveils the MC’s undeniable talent that could go bar for bar with most males in the industry. Her impeccable flow and hunger for the art form is something to be admired and cherished in an industry that often relies on repetition and auto tune to carry them through. Kyah Baby’s unfiltered nature is one of her strengths as she explicitly lays it down without permission.
Who are your favorite up and coming female rappers?