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The hip hop remains a male-dominated sport despite the emergence of new female rappers such as Rapsody, Phlow, Goldlink, and even Young M.A. – One of the reasons hip hop will continue to remain male-dominated is the lack of serious female talents in the game. None of which can ever hold their own for more than two minutes. The continent (Africa) has also had its own share of femcees but as usual, they are never able to sustain it to reach legendary status. Is it a lack of talent or a drive thing? I know a lot of female rappers that’ll tell you nobody takes them seriously in hip hop (like females in politics) but I’ve never met such people. Have you?
The likes of Nigeria’s Sasha, who I believe was seriously overrated was regarded as a great despite the fact that her bars were well below average. Well, at least she was consistent for a minute. Eva Alordiah (Nigeria) and, Xtatic (Kenya), are also popular names to have disappeared off the face of the Earth. (Quick note) Eva recently dropped her much delayed 1960 album but her hype had already died down by then. Xtatic, on the other hand, has been poorly managed which is sad because the talent is there for everyone to see. Female emcees, in general, have never been able to hold their own for long in an industry that’s highly competitive
I could ask you the reader to name ten female emcees from around the world and I bet you’d struggle to name 5. Quiz yourself if you doubt me (New school femcees not old). P.S. I was told the word femcee is offensive to female rappers. Are we bringing feminism into hip hop now?
The fact that most female rappers think they need sex appeal to keep the audience stimulated is absurd. Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, Missy Elliot, Rah Digga, MC Lyte just to name a few are proper emcees who never had sex appeal. Nicki Minaj made being a bunny in female rap cool but it’s never that. Talent is what counts in this game so don’t try to hide behind Nicki Minaj’s barbie syndrome. Your bars will speak to you.
With everything going on I had to ask myself… Who are Africa’s top female talents right now and how long will they last? Well, i have no idea but this crop (old & new) have a solid backing and foundation behind them which can help them go a long way, but just like the fellas, they still gotta put in work as talent only counts for 40% in this genre, ability to pick a beat is also key. This was hard to do because quality female rappers in Africa are rare, kind of like good leaders. For some of them, I had to do some extra digging as they aren’t your regular MTV base names.
In no particular order, here are Africa’s hip hop queens.
3. Nadia Nakai
Nadia Nakai is Family Tree’s first lady and at this stage no longer new to us. She had already created a buzz for herself before Cassper swopped in but the platform Family Tree provides her is much bigger than anything she had when she was independent. She started to generate attention for herself when she won the mixtape 101 competition on the ETV show, Shiz Niz. But her big break finally came in 2014 when she dropped a feisty verse on Riky Rick’s “Amantombazane.” Nadia is not all beauty the “bad bitch” can actually rap. Her Family Tree debut Bragga is out now. Listen to it and judge for yourself.
Phlow is fucking nice fam!! She’s so nice that she may body some of your favorite male rappers. Signed with Str8Buttah productions, Phlow has been low key killing it with consistent material and high volume wordplay. Over the years she has taken time to build her talents – holding her own in male-dominated rap competitions. The Lagos based rapper has been featured on top websites across the world including creative-hiphop.com, HipHopDX, The Source, and 2DBZ. Phlow is not afraid of a challenge and it’s about time people start to take her seriously. Sleep on her at your own peril
So riddle me this ladies. How come we get constant collaborations from the guys but not from the women? They reach out to each other not minding the language barrier or ego but we never get such link-up from y’all.
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There’s a popular misconception that women generally hate each other but, i strongly believe and hope that’s not true. Women will rise in rap when we decide to put away the differences for a common good which is hip hop and bodying beats. Every femcee I mentioned will give most of the male-dominant rappers the run-around or at least hold their own. I made y’all twitter handles available for a specific reason, build your fan base outside your country — Reach out to yourselves and collaborate, but knowing how the woman mind works — it’s a “I’m bigger and more popular than you are so I won’t reach out.”