The rise of female rappers

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The rise of female rappers

Hayley Parker listening to her favorite female rapper bop.

Hayley Parker listening to her favorite female rapper bop.

Ariana Cross

Hayley Parker listening to her favorite female rapper bop.

Ariana Cross

Ariana Cross

Hayley Parker listening to her favorite female rapper bop.


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In the past twenty years, female rappers have taken over the music world, breaking records and establishing a new normal in the rap community. Women have made major feats, from dancing in the back of male performers’ music videos to starring in their own.

 

Female rappers started setting records in the nineties with hits like “Whatta Man” by Salt-N-Pepa and “U.N.I.T.Y” by Queen Latifah. Before this, the rap community was primarily dominated by men; most producers didn’t take women seriously because they were new in the industry.

 

As time went on, women gained a good reputation in the community, paving a path for future talent. In 2019, ladies like Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and Megan Thee Stallion dominate the rap industry. Minaj especially has surpassed most male rappers in her industry, skyrocketing the views for any video she features in and racking up a total 10 Grammy’s. Cardi followed, however, taking a different path to get there. Cardi gained her fan base very quickly through social media, and just a few years after entering the music world, she was nominated for two Grammy’s and featured in the most popular song of 2018 with Bruno Mars.

 

The internet has given women who normally wouldn’t have been taken seriously a platform. Sites like Soundcloud and YouTube have birthed numerous talents who otherwise would not have a small chance of making it in the music industry.

 

These women still face a certain bias in their industry. There’s an idea that there can only be one female rapper on top. Where rappers like Drake, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross collaborate together to become top rappers, the media puts female rappers against each other. Fans felt pressure to pick one female rapper, Cardi or NIcki. Instead of coming together to collaborate, they’re  forced to stand against each other with the idea that there can only be one alpha female rapper.

 

The rise of female rappers has set new records and made progress for the better in the community, but there is still major progress to be made in the industry. Personally, I am very excited to see what female rappers are planning next.

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