It’s officially the era of the female rapper. To celebrate how far women in rap have come, I’d like to highlight four rising female rappers who’ve recently made a memorable entrance into the industry–and onto my playlists. Without further ado:
Born Gloria Boyd, the Memphis rapper was on her way to get her lashes done when she got a life-changing call from producer Hitkidd, who had set out to make the next big summer anthem–an assignment that GloRilla would blow out of the water with her now mega viral song “F.N.F. (Let’s Go).” The song, which now has several remixes with big-name artists like Cardi B, spread like wildfire across the Internet earlier this year; as of now, views have exceeded 44M. Armed with a distinctly deep voice and blunt-in-hand approach to life, it’s clear that GloRilla is just getting started.
Stream GloRilla’s latest single, “Tomorrow,” on Youtube.
- Flo Milli
The TikTok virality of Flo Milli’s “Beef Flo Mix” was all Milli needed to launch her career into the spotlight. Her debut album Ho, Why Is You Here? released in 2020 to much critical acclaim, and the Alabama native has expertly kept herself relevant with her fun, cocky lyricism and features with artists such as Goldlink and Latto. Her recently-released second album, You Still Here, Ho? expands on the rapper’s quick-witted versatility over a buffet of maddeningly catchy beats.
Stream Flo Milli’s latest album, You Still Here, Ho?, on Youtube.
Formerly Iamdoechii, Doechii’s unique style is best described as eclectic. Music sites often sort the Florida rapper under “alternative” for her quirky bars and brighter-than-life style, often being compared to the likes of trailblazers Lauryn Hill and Nicki Minaj. Perhaps that’s why her single “Yucky Blucky Fruitcake” blew up on alt-loving TikTok, but I know with almost certainty that Doechii’s impact will far exceed any one app.
Stream Doechii’s latest single, “Stressed,” on Youtube.
- Tierra Whack
Tierra Whack has technically been in the game since her teenhood, where she gained notoriety on the streets of Philadelphia as the versatile “Dizzle Dizz.” Her knack for rhyming having been discovered as a Dr. Suess-loving child, it came as no surprise when the intellectual creative signed with Interscope Records in 2017. Whack’s debut album, Whack World, earned a Best New Music accolade from Pitchfork, with critics praising the unusual format of the album and the eccentrics of her sound. While Tierra Whack prefers a more lowkey public profile compared to her peers, it’s obvious that her sound was destined for fame.
Stream Tierra Whack’s latest EP, R&B? on Youtube.