Up to now, 2016 has been a huge year for hip-hop music. A lot of new artists have emerged these past months, especially when it comes to female rap. What is interesting about these newbies is that they are all coming up with a different and specific type of music. Some of them are also influencing young girls and women with the message they spread through their music and the social media. From Oakland to New York with a side trip to Vancouver, let’s take a look at some of these women that are making a change in the rap scene.
YOUNG M.A, New York
You may have probably heard about Young M.A and her single “OOOUUU“ that was blasting in clubs last summer long, and has also been one of the most quoted songs on social media with the line “You call her Stephanie, I call her Heaphanie”. Although the line reminds us a lot of the legendary drop from Bobby Schmurda’s “Hot Nigga”, the song was practically designed to be a “club banger”. The 24 years old Brooklyn female rapper is making her debuts in the rap scene with a pretty interesting catalogue. Her freestyle over Mobb Deep & Lil Kim’s classic Quiet storm went viral on twitter and accentuated her buzz. Don’t sleep and follow her soundcloud.
Kamayaih released her debut mixtape “A Good Night In the Ghetto“ this year and it is already a classic. It was ranked 14th on Complex’s Best albums of 2016. The YG’s protégé has also collaborated with big names such as Drake and YG on “why you always hating” (which is featured on his second album Still Brazy) and even E – 40, one of her biggest inspirations. If you miss that west coast vibe, you better check this one out.
TIA NOMORE, Oakland
Straight outta Oakland, Tia Nomore first blew up the internet with her “Or nah” remix that features Kehlani, who is actually a good friend of hers. She recently released an album, Holloween, which is a great piece of art. If you appreciate lyrics and meaningful rap, go ahead and listen to her tape.
070 SHAKE, New Jersey
You might think this is another basic tomboy trying to rap, however 070 actually has something very different. She serves some real bars very naturally with an amazing flow. It’s been a while since her song “Freestyle“ was released, but it is not too late to discover this extremely promising rapper. She recently worked with Yes Julz on 1AM radio. In fact, Shake is the first artist ever to sign to Yesjulz’s 1 AM Ent. We are sure she is preparing something very hot, so stay tuned!
TOMMY GENESIS, Canada
The very pretty and mysterious rapper came up with a very unique style she called “fetish rap”. Tommy signed to Awful records along with Father, Abra and others. From the start, they have been promoting this dark music with rare sounds and beats that puts you in this “awful mood”. Tommy is aware of the hyper sexualisation we find in her lyrics, but it is also a way to give a message. Indeed, she says that she is aware that she is objectified and sexualized but this is just a way of expressing herself. If you are ready to surf on the dark wave you need to check her mixtape World Vision I which has been out for a year already and stay tuned because World Vision II is on its way.
BONUS: PRINCESS NOKIA, New York
Because we are nice, we would also like to let you know that Princess Nokia finally released her EP 1992, which includes her very famous single “Tomboy“, along with some other hits. Her music style really varies from one song to another, so it is a great album to discover. She provides us with straight good vibes and we can find a powerful ode to women in her lyrics. Originally afro-nuyorikan, Princess Nokia is also an engaged rapper who talks about feminism and the situation of black women , but also taino (originally indigenous) women in the USA. You might also want to check her out on social media, it is very refreshing.