It’s the Year of the Woman and judging by innovators and legends, alike female rappers are taking on the music industry with a vengeance. Whether dominating the Billboard charts or slapping on the streets, female mainstays are making their mark in all of their feminist glory.

The 90s gave us some of the best female MCs of our time like Salt-N-Pepa openly discussing sex, Foxy Brown lyrically killing the game, and Lil Kim being Lil Kim. Though at the time, fans had to wait for radio play to hear their favorite lady spit or hit the underground clubs to discover new talent. But today’s female rappers are taking the social media bull by the horns and making their presence known. Oh, what a time to be alive!

Nicki Minaj

Nicki is not new to the game, but as the current Queen of hip-hop, she continues to assert the fact that she isn’t going anywhere. The Trinidadian lyricist continues to reinvent and expand her empire far beyond the reach of just albums. Thanks to social media we see the clothing lines, we see the world tours, we see the beef, and my personal favorite her own radio show on Beats1 Radio, Queen Radio — where she further dissects said beef, shows, rumors, and display her personality with fans. Moreover, while her album Queen was released late 2018, she had no fear dropping a track that dragged every male MC imaginable – savage! It’s only a matter of time before we see what Minaj has up her sleeve next.

Cardi B

Cardi B has amassed so much success in a short amount of time and she’s not pumping the brakes any time soon. Even in the wake of a Grammys controversy for taking the Best Rap Album win for Invasion of Privacy, the Bronx-bred rapper made sure to defend her title and explained why she earned one of the highest honors in professional music, while pregnant over social media. Regardless of whether you think she deserved the accolade or not, there’s no doubt that the “Bodak Yellow” rapper had one of the most popular albums in the past year – with that just being a small sample of her creative genius. We are only three months into 2019 and Cardi B has already released another fire track with Bruno Mars (“Please Me”), had one of the most popular Super Bowl Commercial alongside Steve Carell and Lil Jon, and now making the most of her less than stellar back story as a stripper, Cardi B joins the cast of strip-club movie “Hustlers” alongside Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. Her trajectory is only up from here.


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Now, female representation in music isn’t only about the brand deals, but also affirming women to have the power to create music and command the same audiences that even the hardest male lyricist can regardless of outward appearance. Shout out to Foxy Brown and Lil Kim who did just that while relishing in their divine form. Plus-size rapper, singer, twerker and jazz flute extraordinaire Lizzo is no different. Flaunting her full-figured form over social media, she does not care what any man or body shamer thinks of her or her music. Taking the alternative hip-hop route, Lizzo’s quirky lyrics and rump-shaking backside set to trap flute (it’s a thing now y‘all) is the sort of feminism hip-hop (and music in general) needs in this day and age. She’s taking her space and shows no sign of slowing with 618K followers in tow. P.S. Her flute’s (@sashabefluting) got another 54K trailing behind. She’s set to take Coachella in April and just released a track with Missy Elliott. Lizzo, Sasha, and her body positive message ain’t goin’ nowhere!

City Girls, Saweetie, Kash Doll, Dream Doll, Cuban Doll (all the dolls), and Megan The Stallion with so many other fearless, young, female rappers are dominating the streets, airwaves, and social media. Their presence alone continues to culminate a spirit of entrepreneurial women who are creating their own careers, in their own image, and their own devoted followings with no limits. These women, like the women who came before them, are trailblazers and it’s this visibility that will continue to bring women to the forefront of music, especially hip-hop.

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