“I do not see myself as a female rapper anymore. I see myself as a rapper.” – Nicki Minaj
Women have been doing amazing things all year. It’s impossible to resist the wave of femininity stemming through the industry. Let’s take a look at “female” rap for a minute. It’s been a quiet couple of years from female rappers; but can we blame them? People tend to forget how hard it is for women. But this year, we are at the forefront of the rap game and we’re loving every bit of it. From The Dollhouse filling higher than ever with Kash Doll, Asian Doll, Cuban Doll and Dream Doll, there are also some other new “rap risers” who are making a name for themselves in this male dominated industry. City Girls and Saweetie are high on the rap game’s radar. Kash, Asian, Cuban and Dream may have similar names, but their rap styles, looks and personas are all different. Every female rapper brings a different sound to Hip Hop and they are starting to let the world hear it. They are ready to show that there can be more than one female rapper in the spotlight. Whether people are happy about the new school rap or not, these women are exemplifying some real girl power. Mixing their girly doll-like facade with some of their hardcore lyrics to create the image people seem to love; allowing them to gain a wide bit of attention.
Here are a few tracks from our female rap risers to get you acquainted with their stories.
The Detroit native has been making her way in the game since 2016 and she is showing she’s not here to play. Her flow is different from any of the other dolls. She has always stayed in her own lane musically, not conforming to the ever changing rap trends. Don’t get us wrong, she’s shown her versatility, but she keeps her music authentic and specific to her particular sound; which is appreciated. She keeps it cute on Instagram but don’t let the pretty face distract you from the rawness in her music. Kash continues to show how she can slow it down with storytelling over piano chords like “For Everybody”. And she keeps the same flow with her collaborations like “So Good feat. Big Sean”. She definitely shines on slower beats but then also gives us a different sound on “Here I Go”, more hardcore and aggressive.
Songs: For Everbody, Here I Go
Asian Doll, Dallas, TX, recently signed to Gucci Mane’s 1017 label. But, she’s been shining way before the deal. Her rap style is definitely more hardcore in comparison to Kash and Dream. She’s certainly not new to the trap side of rap but she becomes an all-around artist when cornering her melodic side on songs like “Poppin feat. PNB Rock”. Dropping six projects and accompanying Bhad Bhabie on her “Bhanned in the USA” Tour, Asian Doll is working hard on perfecting her craft and becoming “Queen of the Teens”, as she describes herself in her Instagram bio.
Songs: Lame Niggaz, Poppin
Cuban Doll also known as Cuban Savage is another Dallas native as well with a hardcore flow. Influenced by Chief Keef, Cuban brings savagery with a twist in trap to her tracks. She gained social media fame as an Instagram model and has only been putting out music since last year. Releasing two projects and 35 songs in 2017, Cuban is living up to her “savage” name, while also remaining the doll-like girly girl on Instagram. Her West-Coast inspired flow is shown throughout her breakout song “Bankrupt”, which has about 4.5 million views on YouTube. Cuban might be here to stay.
Songs: Bankrupt, Let It Blow
Probably the most recent of the dolls to enter the dollhouse. Ironically she isn’t new to the entertainment world. The Bronx native has been on both The Bad Girls Club and Love and Hip Hop: New York. Co-signed by Dj Self’s “Gwinnin Entertainment”, Dream has been a recent prolific figure with her popular song “Everything Nice”, hitting 3 million streams on Spotify. She is probably the doll that lives up the most to her name, appearing very animated and braggadocious through her music. Her highly anticipated EP “Life is Plastic 2” was released on Sept. 9, 2018. Dream certainly lives in plastic and lets it show through her music bringing a less hardcore but fun and bubbly sound. Dream has shown she can survive in this rap game as well.
Songs: Talk To Me Nice, Pull Up
Yung Miami and JT, City Girls, have shown in only 11 months that dreams do come true. The Miami natives make sure to maintain their Miami sound and may come off a bit raunchy, but their sound is clear. They urge women to never let a man take advantage of them and to boss up. Co-signed by Trina, Miami’s own baddest b*tch, the City Girls show they are here to dominate the rap game. After making their first two songs, they signed to Quality Control Music, home of the Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Baby. Miami and JT made their big break when Drake featured them on “In My Feelings”, off his newest album Scorpion. Although things seemed to be going uphill, JT was set to go to prison just hours after “In My Feelings” dropped. The two however, did not let that discourage them from finishing their album and allowing Miami to go on tour representing for the City Girls. We are excited to hear the album. We are eager for JT to return home with her family and friends; so the City Girls can enjoy their success as a group.
Songs: I’ll Take Your Man, Where The Bag At
Saweetie made it on the scene with “Icy Grl” last year and continues to show why she is here to stay. She is hardcore for sure but definitely keeps it cute and it shown in her lyrics. She started off doing freestyles in her car and made her way mainstream on Khia’s “My Neck, My Back” beat. Which she featured Kehlani on the remix. Signed to Warner Bros in February and releasing her EP, “High Maintenance” in March, she has definitely been working. Iggy Azalea just announced her “Bad Girls Tour” with Saweetie and CupcakKe. Are you guys ready for the Saweetness? Thanks for making us feel like a boss Saweetie.
Songs: Icy Girl, BAN
Crank your radios up ladies. These are some power houses!