Thursday, February 16, 2012

Female MC's Are MIA

Hip Hop is saturated with men. The female population is very small. I am missing the days of having a variety of female rappers to listen to. I still listen to old cds of EVE, Missy, Remy, Foxy, Kim, and Mia X. Their music moved me and made me think. It started with Salt 'N Pepa, Queen Latifah, and Mia X. They introduced me to the idea of females spitting. They talked about everything. They nourished something in me that Big Daddy Kane, Kid n Play, Tupac and NWA could not. There has never been a huge female population in the Hip Hop community. But there used to be more of a selection.

I can't lie, I used to be a big Nicki Minaj fan. I loved mixtape, no deal having Nicki. I did bump the hell out of "Pink Friday" and still do. But, I haven't even remotely liked anything she's released for her upcoming project. Not one track. I still think "Still I Rise" is her realest track. There is a new crop of female rappers which include the likes of Iggy Azalea, Kreayshawn, and Azealia Banks that I can't readily get behind. They have no substance or flow. I hear Missy's new project is scheduled for a June release. That makes me happy. Now if someone could get EVE to stop jetsetting and hit a studio, I would be over the moon.

It seems like music is in a bad place. 90% of the stuff out now is garbage. I won't support bad music ever. That's not even in me. I just want to hear lyrics that I can feel with a beat that makes me move. I'd prefer to hear some old female rappers though. That's just me though. Music is missing something. It's like our music has lost its soul on the way to getting that money. The music isn't that good which is why people aren't buying the way they used to. I can count the number of Hip Hop cds I've purchased in the last year. It's less than 10. I miss the 90's for just the music alone. It was so much better than what we are allowing to pass as music today. Something has to change. Or maybe it's me that needs to change. I barely listen to popular radio because it's over-saturated with filler music. I listen to old school tracks. They make me smile. Either or, I want my female rappers back. The good ones. Mediocres need not apply. I'm not here for them. Fingers crossed that a musical change will come soon.


  1. Not going to lie, NM is the first female rapper (outside of a little bit of Foxy) that I've gotten into. I agree with you that her new stuff is a little... disheartening. I am hopeful that her upcoming project is something that I can connect to and will have me feeling as good and empowered as Pink Friday did. There a few tracks from the album I still bump when I need a little fuel.

  2. I can honestly say that I'm not holding out much hope for Nicki's new cd. Her singles have been lackluster. I pray she has recorded some other tracks. I don't know but things need to change.