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Last week, Jermaine Dupri caught a lot of flack for some comments he made, in an interview with People Magazine, about women in hip-hop.
“I feel they’re all rapping about the same thing. I don’t think they’re showing us who’s the best rapper. For me, it’s like strippers rapping.”
I could write a slam post about just how ignorant JD’s comments are from both a musical and political standpoint, or about how he’s clearly not listening to what these rappers are saying, but honestly, I have neither the time nor the energy.
His comments are more disappointing than anything, and they highlight the fact that, despite the success and popularity that women have experienced over the course of the past few years, a lot of people are still ignorant to the endeavors of women in hip-hop.
I myself wanted to do my part in promoting the women who are making incredible music that I enjoy and are blossoming as icons in this New Wave of hip-hop, yet are not getting nearly as much coverage from music publications or achieving as much commercial success as their male counterparts. (It’s part of the reason I started the Women in Hip-Hop series last November.) If you’re like JD, and you’re perception of women in rap is narrow or skewed — or maybe you just haven’t been keeping up do to a lack of coverage from people/websites that you follow — then perhaps you’ll find some of these posts useful:
Women in Hip-Hop that You Need to Know: Vol. 1 (11/19/2018)
- The first installment of our Women in Hip-Hop series, which highlights about 30 talented female rappers/duos that you ought to be paying attention to. Rappers included in this list are: Bbymutha, CupcaKe, Dreezy, Junglepussy, Leikeli47, Maliibu Miitch, Rapsody, Tierra Whack, and many more.
- The second installment of our Women in Hip-Hop series, which highlights about 10 more talented women/duos like City Girls, Doja Cat, Melii, and Yung Baby Tate.
Artist Spotlight: Megan Thee Stallion (5/14/2019)
- A brief look at Megan Thee Stallion, an upcoming star who is quickly becoming an icon of the New Wave of hip-hop.
The Unique Sounds of Rico Nasty (10/30/2018)
- A profile on Maryland rapper Rico Nasty, and how her inherent individuality fuels her music and makes her one of the most exciting rappers of the post-SoundCloud era.
Artist Spotlight: Bri Steves (10/28/2018)
- A brief look at Bri Steves, a rising Philly artist who has already been cosigned by some of hip-hop’s greats.
Artist Spotlight: Melii (4/10/2019)
- A brief look at this young Harlem rapper who’s bringing uniqueness and swagger to the rap game.
Artist Spotlight: DaniLeigh (4/17/2019)
- A brief look at multi-talented artist DaniLeigh, her come-up, influences, and why you should be listening to her music.
Review: Ivy Sole – Overgrown (12/19/2018)
- A review of this brilliant 2018 rap album from one of the most introspective rappers in the game.
Review: OSHUN – Bittersweet, Vol. 1 (8/21/2018)
- A review of the first album from rap duo OSHUN, fellow friends from NYU who’s Afrofuturistic blend of rap and soul embodies what the Yoruba deity is all about — Black consciousness, love, and self-empowerment.
Review: Rico Nasty – Nasty (8/28/2018)
- A review of the debut major label mixtape from Maryland rapper Rico Nasty, who’s eccentricity and high-octane raps made for one of the best musical projects of 2018.
Review: City Girls – Period (9/4/2018)
- A review of City Girls’ debut mixtape and breakthrough project, which helped them ascend to a level of cultural and commercial relevance that they probably didn’t forsee.
Review: Noname – Room 25 (9/17/2018)
- Noname has one of the smoothest flows and most amiable voices in the game, and on Room 25, she offers more mature commentary about the things that have affected her life since her 2016 debut — things like sex, heartbreak, and the state of Chicago politics.
Review: Megan Thee Stallion – Tina Snow (10/15/2018)
- A review of Megan Thee Stallion’s breakthrough project, which spawned her hit single “Big Ole Freak” and officially had us on the Hot Girl bandwagon.
This will be a rolling post that will be updated as new articles are written. We hope this will be a useful tool for those that want to keep up with all of these vibrant, creative, and unique artists. More content coming soon.