Trigger warning: the lyrics in some of these songs are explicit and controversial. Give it a miss if you don’t like this kind of music.
Happy International women’s day. To celebrate the day I’ve added a few songs by female hip hop artists. I haven’t added other genres because the list would’ve been far too long. Plus I’m listening to these songs at the moment. Hope you enjoy the day and happy listening.
Dope St. Jude- Grrrl like
I got to see Dope St. Jude live at the time I had no idea who she is. Her performance was one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen. She’s from Cape Town . Grrrl like is her latest song, the music video is beautiful showing off Cape Town, and the rest of the Western Cape. To find out more about her read: https://www.highsnobiety.com/2017/08/16/dope-saint-jude-interview/
This songs has so much attitude I have been following Rapsody for ages and I’m jubilant that she’s finally gaining the recognition she deserves. She doesn’t use her sexuality to gain fame; she simultaneously doesn’t shy away from being her own kind of women exhibiting an special brand of femininity. Being a female rapper in a male dominated field makes her sparkle even more brightly. The stand out line for me is “I’ve got diamonds between my knees oil wells in my thighs does my sassyness upset you. Oh you mad that I survived” Now that’s sassy.
Kristine Meredith Flaherty- K.Flay started rapping whilst studying at Standford. She’s an indie rapper and I love her wordplay. Her newer music blends guitars and hip hop. To read more about her check out Rollingstone. Her official site is: http://www.kflay.com/
I love every single one of her songs but, I can’t make this a K.Flay playlist only so I chose her latest album Bad Vibes. K.Flay sings about thinking it’s trendy to be sad “You think it’s hot to be sad but it’s not” She’s saying here that it’s not cool to be sad and pretend to be sad to look trendy.
Thanks to YouTube I discovered Sa-Roc a few weeks ago. She’s amazing and it was hard to choose a song to include here. I cheated and have added two of her songs. Forever is about struggling to love yourself and the importance of being you. The lyrics are beautiful.
OSHUN ft. Proda- Protect Your Self
The band’s official site states that “OSHUN is an independent Hip-Hop / Soul duo and the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism”. One of the stand out lines of this song for me is “My God is Black, Black, Black aboriginal man” This music video is unique and does have a Afrofuturism feel to it. To find out more: https://oshuniverse.com/about
Ruby Ibarra, Rocky Rivera, Klassy, & Faith Santilla-US
After the hook the first line of this song is “Yo fuck a story arc if it don’t involve no matriarchs” This one is explicit and full of Filipino pride. The video is styled exquisitely with the rappers dressed up in traditional attire during certain scenes.
Dai Burger-Where My Girls
Dai Burger raps about being happy for women who are single or married. She rappers about throwing out diets and about women who have different hair colours. The song has a positive feel to it. Dai Burger is a Queer artist she also started a foundation to help young girls to learn about the entire song writing processes from writing lyrics to sound recording. To read more click: https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7941825/dai-burger-interview-new-album-soft-serve
Her official website is: https://www.daiburgerworld.com/
Awkwafia x Margaret Cho- Green Tea
Explicit and extremely funny. Awkwafina is a cast member of Crazy Rich Asians and makes controversial music. I had a good laugh whilst listening to this song for the first time.
Sa-Roc- I am her
Yip Sa-Roc again Assata Perkins is a master of words. She weaves in various woman rights issues into this song without making it sound preachy. The hook sums it up
“You won’t ever see us back away
Til we make the world see that we ain’t come to play
This is so lil girls dream bigger than they supposed to
And we get a fair share of pie on the plate
I am her, I am her, I am her”
Leikeli47 always wears a mask she has stated that the masks makes her feel brave like Batman. In the song money she raps on how hard it was for her to become successful. “All my life, I had to grind and hustle.I had to work like Kobe just to shine like Russell” The beat of the song is really good.
Sampa The Great ft. Nadeem Din G-Gabisi -Energy
Sampa Tembo is known professionally as Sampa the Great. Her music certainly is great. She is Zambian-born and grew up in Botswana and Australia. She is a poet and in her song Black Girl Magic she includes a spoken word poetry verse. I chose to add Energy her simply because it’s the first one of her songs which I heard.
Princess Nokia- Tomboy
Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, Princess Nokia, is a feminist rapper and is one of the founders of Smart Girl Club, which seeks to promote body positivism, female artists and much more. Read more here: http://www.babypinkcollective.com/blog/what-is-smart-girl-club-and-why-its-so-important
Listen to one of the podcasts here: https://soundcloud.com/princessnokia92/learning-unlearning-part-1-smart-girl-club-radio-may-1st-2017
Janelle Monáe- Django Jane
With songs like Pynk, I like it and Screwed Janelle Monáe needs no introduction. She’s the only well known mainstream artist which I chose to add to this playlist. Django Jane plays tribute to Quentin Tarantino’s film Django Unchained which deals with slavery. This song seeks to celebrate black women and the video is colourful, glamourous and just wow
Simbiatu “Simbi” Abisola Abiola Ajikawo is an English rapper, singer and actress. She started recording at 9 years old and released her music in her teens. Highly underated Little Simz belts out hard hitting lyrics in Venom. She raps about smashing the rap hierarchy and patriarchal society in order to make her voice heard in Venom.
Thank you for reading and listening. I haven’t added obvious songs like U.N.I.T.Y by Queen Latifah and None of your business by Salt n’ Pepper. And the list exculdes artists like Angel Haze simply because I needed to keep it as short as possible.
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Wishing you a great International Women’s Day.
xxx Nikki xxx