My daughters were listening to Kesha, Nicki and Iggy… So I showed them Roxanne Shante, MC Lyte, Debbie Harry, Nefertiti, Foxy Brown and Lauryn Hill, and I presented them with The AWKWORD-Approved Female Rappers List. It features women killing it on the mic right now. – @AwkwordRap
To me, there is nothing more important than showing my girls that women — and especially famous women — can be powerful, strong, creative and intelligent. To be successful, you don’t need a big ass or big tits, you don’t need to sell yourself; you can be you and be brave, like men get to be without thinking twice. My mom made me this way. Janis Joplin made me this way. Aretha Franklin made me this way. Maya Angelou made me this way.
There is a bad stereotype (perpetuated by my very own 100% for-charity World View album, which, admittedly, features only one woman, on the bonus disc) that there aren’t many talented female emcees. The fact is, they just get marginalized — even more than do independent, intelligent male rappers. There are many women out there who aren’t just ill female rappers but ill rappers period. Nicki Minaj herself was one of the top lady emcees outta New York before she flipped her shit. And who could blame her? It means double platinum, super stardom.
Yeah, nearly any of the women below could sell her soul, but I doubt it… So, here are my top 20, as emailed to my little girls.
1) Jean Grae (@JeanGreasy )
2) Rah Digga (@therealrahdigga)
3) Rapsody (@rapsodymusic)
4) Nitty Scott, MC (@NittyScottMC)
5) Mary Magdalan (@marymagdalan)
6) Boog Brown (@BoogBrown)
7) 3D Na’Tee (@3DNATEE)
8) Psalm One (@PsalmOne)
9) L.A. (@UCanCallmeLA)
10) Invincible (@invincibleDET)
11) Eternia (@therealEternia)
12) StaHHr (@stahhr)
13) Snow Tha Product (@SnowThaProduct)
14) Signif (@SigNif)
15) Raven Sorvino (@RavenSorvino)
16) Sasha Go Hard (@SASHA_DARAPPER)
17) Chippy Nonstop (@chippy_nonstop)
18) Audra The Rapper (@AudraTheRapper)
19) RA the MC (@RAtheMC)
20) Dutch Rebelle (@DutchReBelleFN)
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