Stop Talking About Iggy Azalea & Get Into These 5 Underrated Female Rappers

Are we still talking about Iggy Azalea? Just an FYI, Iggy is not the first, nor will she be the last “rapper” to come on the scene and ride the commercial train all the way to the top of the Hip Hop empire. Hip Hop has been in a state of emergency for a long time, far before Iggy ever shimmied her giant butt onto our radiowaves and television screens. I don’t like her either, but why are we putting so much focus and attention on this chick when we’re not even supporting the artists that we claim to want to hear?

All of this wasted energy on trying to school her on the origins of Hip Hop could easily be put into supporting the plethora of barely acknowledged women who are currently killing it in the Hip Hop community. There are literally dozens of talented female emcees who can rap circles around Iggy and many of the other talentless posers out there holding a microphone. Instead of wasting another breath, or 140 characters, on the subject at hand, get to know these 5 lady emcees below and give them the props they deserve:


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Noname Gypsy is a Chicago-bred emcee with an effortless flow and an ear for satisfying beats. She’s been called everything from a Lauryn Hill/Earl Sweatshirt hybrid to the dopest female in the Hip Hop game. I won’t argue with either of those notions. Her unique sound and style don’t need to be carried by any overtly sexual gimmicks or male counterparts. She exudes pure talent all on her own, which is hard to come by as of late.

Listen more here.


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Gifted Gab hails from Seattle, Washington. Her bars are reminiscent of the early days of Hip Hop, which is probably because she cites her influences as everyone from Queen Latifah to MC Lyte to 2Pac. Her aggressive, unapologetic flow is a result of her involvement in both rap battles and opening up for some of her biggest idols.

Listen more here.


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Jean Grae‘s global praise is way overdue. Homegirl has been in the game for a while now and stays slaughtering any and everyone with a microphone. The Cape Town born emcee took the NYC underground by storm in the mid/late nineties. She has a really tight online sitcom called Life With Jeanie. She just recently released some fresh new sounds.

Listen more here.


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Born in North Carolina, Rapsody was quick to pick up a mic at a young age. Some of her biggest influences are Mos Def, MC Lyte and Jay-z. She is signed to producer 9th Wonder’s Jamla Records imprint under his It’s A Wonderful World Music Group. She has worked with Erykah Badu,  Estelle, Jean Grae, Phonte, Marsha Ambrosius, Raekwon, Donald Glover, Murs, Kendrick Lamar and many other major artists.

Listen more here.


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Philly-born artist Queen Jo is fairly new to the Hip Hop industry. With her debut EP, Cleopatra’s Rapture, Queen Jo captivated many with what she describes as a modern take on the journey of a woman finding her place of dominance in a society that rejects her worth – a common passage for any woman who have tried to make a name for themselves in Hip Hop.

Listen more here.



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'Stop Talking About Iggy Azalea & Get Into These 5 Underrated Female Rappers' have 3 comments

  1. December 30, 2014 @ 6:40 am Freddy

    Don’t forget producer and rapper Sammus, yo!


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