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A recent graduate of business at the University of Miami, this rapper is more than just an intelligent woman. She's apparently been spitting verses since she was 3, and she hasn't stopped since. Though she isn't that popular yet, she's slowly making her claim to fame. In 2012, she was nominated for a Black Entertainment Television Award (BET Award) for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist. She is currently part of the show Sisterhood of Hip-Hop.
Don't let her pseudonym fool you, because this MC is definitely making a name for herself. Though she originally expressed herself through the medium of poetry, she found that she could make the verses flow more smoothly in rap. While she may not have dropped an album yet, she's definitely a rapper to watch out for.
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As her name suggests, this rapper likes to challenge people by rapping about things that make people uncomfortable. With songs like "My Vag" and "Queef," she's definitely got that one done. But don't take her too lightly, because though her lyrics are somewhat comical, there's actually some truth and depth to them, like this song called "Yellow Ranger."
nitty Scott MC
Nitty Scott, MC can do it all. She can be the epitome of bohemian beauty, spit hard-hitting truths in her verses, and speak out eloquently on the topic of feminism. Why she isn't more famous yet, I don't know, but I can't wait for the day when she'll be.
T (Yoon Mi-rae)
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T is probably the queen of Korean hip-hop, as can be noted from her flawless rapping not just in Korean, but in English as well. She's working on more music right now, while also focusing on her advocacy for the prevention of child abuse. She's part of a popular K-hip-hop group too along with his husband, Tiger JK, and Bizzy, called "MFBTY". They recently released an album entitled "Wondaland".
Angel Haze publicly announced that they were pansexual, and just recently, that they were agender. It's really refreshing to hear about a mainstream artist who is proud and out about their gender identity. But this rapper is more than just their race and gender (or lack of it). Their verses are so powerful, not just in the music they wrote themselves, but also in their freestyles such as the one in "Same Love."
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Would this list be complete without Maya? (No, it will not.) This controversial rapper is one of the best there is today with her distinctive music style and politically and socially aware lyrics, as seen in most of her music videos. M.I.A., a Sri Lankan Tamil, was first a director/designer in London before she started her career in the music industry. What makes her music so distinct is that she mixes electronic sounds with unusual instruments that feature her Asian background.
Aside from these seven, there are so many upcoming female rappers that deserve as much attention as the more popular rappers like Nicki Minaj and their male counterparts. We should continue to recognise and celebrate their talents, and not just give attention to some white girl who thinks she invented rap music (you know who I'm talking about).
- Isis Evangelista
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