2014 was the year of Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea, and now there’s a tough new breed of female rappers ready to take on the traditionally male world of hip hop in 2015. It’s a hard genre for women to break into, as a quick scan of the Top 40 will prove. You’ll find Nicki and Iggy are the only ones who are female in between all the Drakes, Eminems, Waynes, Jays, Kanyes, Coles etc on the chart. But in 2015 we’re ready to see some more ladies spitting in the hip hop world— so from Tink to Angel Haze; Lizzo to Jungle Pussy; Tiffany Foxx to Nyemiah Supreme, here are 15 female rap artists you should be listening to this year.
Behind every great man, there’s a great woman. Sometimes there’s even a great woman behind a great woman. That’s why we’ve taken the time to find the sexiest girlfriends of our favorite rappers on Instagram and give them the attention they deserve. You may never have heard of a lot of these women — but they’re all beautiful and talented in their own right.
1. Chris Brown and Frank Ocean get ’bout it ’bout it over a parking space
If reports are accurate, Chris and Frank actually fought. For this reason alone this is the leading feud of the year. Although their dislike for one another has been lingering since June 2011, it’s almost laughable the two came to blows over a parking spot. And how often does a celeb tweet then delete anything that could paint them in negatively in the press? Not Frank O. He’s rocking out with his tweet that Chris and his boys jumped him. If only his dog Everest had been there. Read more…
Well, Azealia Banks can write “try again next year” next to “do not Twitter beef” on her make believe New Year’s Resolution list. Oh, and she can also cross off female camaraderie on this Resolutions list we’re totally concocting. From tweefing with Detroit underground rapper Angel Haze, which led to both women releasing diss records aimed at the other, to feuding with Perez Hilton on the same social networking site, Banks is off to a controversial year. It’s only the 7th.
Perez Hilton is #teamAngelHaze in the Angel vs. Azealia war. On Twitter he thought it was a good idea to tell Azealia he wasn’t feeling the diss records she’d released. His tweets have since been deleted, but not before Ms. Banks responded. Azealia sparked a firestorm when she responded, “lol, what a messy f*ggot you are.” Outrage at the use of her slur was immediate, as were the headlines. The controversy attracted so much attention GLAAD condemned the rapper for “homophobia.”
Azealia Banks is wrong. Perez Hilton is also wrong for the misogynistic and transphobe headlines he’s used on his own blog. Not to mention Hilton has been documented as using the word himself. In this case, though, it seems Banks’ career may take a hit for offending the LGBTQ community, many who were staunch supporters of the rapper, as well as people not part of the community but who think her actions are despicable. So early in her career Banks cannot afford the constant negative publicity. As a popular tweeter pointed out, her hits-to-hate ratio is a bit unbalanced in the wrong direction.
Can Azealia’s career blossom after such a controversial blowout? Would you still support the rapper? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section!
Ding, ding, ding! Here we are, back for round two. Yesterday we watched with our heads hung low as Angel Haze and Azealia Banks duked it out on Twitter over — well, we’re still not really sure what (and this tweet from Haze’s manager suggests that there might be more to the feud than we’ve yet seen). But then Haze dropped a fiery and undeninable dis-track called “On the Edge” and our ears perked. We aren’t here for the cat fights, but a good old fashion, set it in wax diss duel between two artists each talented and promising in her own right? This could be fun.
Today Banks takes her turn. “Lol I def used that energy to write a fly new jam tho. It’s not even a diss anymore! Haha !!!” she wrote as an introduction to “No Problems,” her biting response to “On The Edge.” “Who her? I’m a true star /This bitch brawl got blue balls/ Hard pressed ’cause I took off/ I’m form fresh from New York,” she shrugs, rounding back to the seemingly innocuous tweet that started this spat.
Listen up: Angel Haze is rhyming over some of the classics, not only invoking nostalgia for the greats (See: Lauryn Hill‘s “Do Wop (That Thing)”, Missy Elliott‘s “Gossip Folks”) but also reworking some of the more recent greats (See: Eminem‘s “Cleaning Out My Closet”, Lupe Fiasco‘s “Bitch Bad”) on her new mixtape Classick. Haze isn’t simply repeating old verses, she’s adding her own unique spin to every track. And she just so happens to spin really quickly. It’s awesome.