…because they’re so damn hard to find and yet they make me excited as hell. One of my guilty pleasures is rap music. The reason why I say it’s a guilty pleasure and not just an interest is because the rap scene is dominated by lyrics that are so offensive towards women that I hate the idea of funding people who perpetuate misogyny. It’s for that reason that it’s not surprising that female rappers are such a minority. Sure, there’s lil’ Kim and Eve who were in the industry back before it was cool and now there’s Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea who are incredibly mainstream but the guy-girl ratio in rap is still incredibly sad.
So I’m going to take a second to talk about a few female rappers I’m especially impressed by and that give me a little bit hope for the industry:
- Nicki Minaj, Of course.
She’s been quoted a whole lot and a lot of her music does in fact talk about the gender gap in the music industry.
- Angel Haze (also queer!!)
- Brooke Candy
There are a ton more. I’m actually just mentioning these few because I have a personal preference for them, but if you want a really good comprehensive list of female rappers, this is it. More female rappers is progress, but I’m hoping for more progress in the rap industry. I know most rap is actually meant to insult but I’m hoping we’ll get to a point where they’re just offensive towards everyone, not just women. And being offensive towards everyone equally is something that I can support.