"The 7 Female Rappers You Should Be Listening To Right Now" List By TIME

posted Tuesday May 20 ,2014 at 03:00PM CDT | 52 comments

TIME's report says "There are more talented femcees out there than just Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea."

TIME has created a list of "The 7 Female Rappers You Should Be Listening To Right Now." 

"There are more talented femcees out there than just Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea," TIME says. 

The publication says the list is, at least in part, a response to the fact that no women were included in XXL's Freshman Class this year. 

"In light of that, it seemed like a good time to revisit the subject of female MCs — particularly so because female-fronted Hip Hop is on the cusp of a resurgence. Not only does Nicki Minaj have her third studio album slated to drop by the end of the year — and the femcee promises a return to her fiery Hip Hop roots — but rapper Iggy Azalea has found mainstream success in her collaborations with both Ariana Grande and Charli XCX. Artists like Angel Haze, Jean Grae and Azealia Banks are all working hard, too, to make it in the male-dominated world of Hip Hop, and they aren’t alone. Here are seven incredible female rappers that you should be listening to right now." 

The list features Lee Mazin, Sasha Go Hard, Noname Gypsy, Nyemiah Supreme, Tiffany Foxx, Gifted Gab and Rapsody

TIME says the following regarding Rapsody.

"Rapsody is one of the hardest working rappers in the business, cranking out five mixtapes in the last three years. Her She Got Game mixtape (download it here), featured collaborations with Chance the Rapper, Common, Raekwon, Mac Miller and more, showcasing her impressive vocals skills. The North Carolina native, whose real name is Marlanna Evans, has a soulful style that garners her well-earned comparisons to Lauryn Hill with her melodic flow, laconic beats and irrepressible rhymes."

Rapsody's exclusion from the XXL Freshman roster was addressed by the magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Vanessa Satten

“Do we have respect for what Rapsody's doing? Definitely,” Satten said at the time. “Was she in our top ten for rappers? No. Do we have to do females? Do we have to do White rappers? Do we have to do Asian rappers? Do we have to do Latino rappers? No. We aren't trying to fill any quotas. We are trying to pick who we believe in that’s gonna blow up in the next couple of years that are hot right now. And women have a harder hill to climb definitely, but they can still do it. It's not fair for us to say, ‘Hey this spot is going to a woman no matter what,’ and not give it to someone else who maybe should have it if we believe in them because we had to fill a lane. And if we went and filled the lane for the Bay Area dude and we filled the lane for the New York dude and we filled the lane for the [Los Angeles] dude, and we fill the lane with the White rapper or fill the lane for the Asian rapper then we wouldn't have the cover that we have. We have a cover that comes from a different perspective.”

RELATED: XXL Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Satten Explains Rapsody's Exclusion From 2014 Freshman Class

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  • RevAlex
    Snow Tha Product by a million miles is best out there!!!!!
  • grubby
    And all the kiddies come out to comment about how somebody not on the list is better than somebody on the list and how something or somebody is or isn't "Real" Hip-Hop. SMH! This top 10 list/comment/click bait culture is ridiculous!
  • grubby
    Hip-Hop Journalism is the worst. XXL magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Vanessa Satten's argument is obliterated because they had a singer, August Alsina, on the XXL freshman cover! STop putting stock in these magazines and blogs!
  • drake runs rap
    hahaha what a joke of an article. People should only listen to nicki because she is the only legit female rapper. Everyone else are wanna bees.
    • omg nope
      i hope you're a troll? 'cause if you're serious, i give up on humanity... nicki minaj can rap, but there are plenty of other femcees who can rap (and rap better) AND don't sell out their bodies and turn their rap into pop music so that more people will buy their shit.
  • Wow
    Yall forgot phayme.com
  • Anonymous
    #JaeRose #GrimeyGunnin https://soundcloud.com/latinnilla/jae-rose-grimey-gunnin?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=facebook
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  • Anonymous
    "She will bodie you,you.. your mama and your papa too.." -SB "Da Grimey Ole Tyma" https://soundcloud.com/latinnilla/jae-rose-grimey-gunnin
  • Picasso Micheaux
    3D Na Tee...
  • Anonymous
    How you gunna go by the name "Gifted Gab" like you never heard of Blackalicious, the fuck outta here....
    • Anonymous
      The 7 Female Rappers You Should Be Listening To Right Now List By TIME
  • OGFunk
    No Gavlyn, Reverie or Snow Tha Product ? Damn this list is crap
  • Bishop
    PSALM ONE!!!!!!
    • Bishop
      ANG 13
  • Anonymous
    women shouldnt rap, they need to cook and do dishes
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  • NO SHIT
    Rhapsody and Jean Grae > Nicki Minaj and Iggy Izalea
  • ogollah
    NO, NITTY SCOTT........
  • stola
    amber london the only chick i listen to
    • Will $teel
      THANK U!Finally some1 on this site knows real hip hop
  • Anonymous
    Lol @ u niggas mad cause your irrelevant favorite rapper wasn't mentioned on this trash ass list
  • Mike Allen
    Jean Grae - Invincible - Rah Digga.....mo-rons
  • Dubbsizzle
    kind of left out Snow tha Product. idiot
  • PeaceRussie
    No Nitty Scott?
  • Anonymous
    Lol they didn't include Raven Sorvino DA GAWDDESS smh this list is garbage
  • Anonymous
    I just listened to all of these ho's, they trash
  • Don't_Get_Snatched
    Lyric da Queen
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  • Will $teel
    how does the best female MC not make the list? AMBER LONDON been killin these bitches. BRK all day
  • Anonymous
    Snow tha Product and Precious Paris
    • Anonymous
      Precious Paris is dogshit
  • untitled
    How in the world is Snow tha Product not at the top of the list... these idiots didn't even put her on the list. Wake ya game up!
  • Anonymous
    I guess I cant use racial slurs against white on here!! But its ok for the n-word to slide through.
    • Anonymous
      And I guess it's ok to be recycling wack ass comments like this
  • tha OG
    The only feemale rapper I would listen to is missy Elliot the rest is wack!!!!
  • D Nasty
    Snow Tha Product can out rap all of em
  • eric
    No Nitty scott Mc? she has been grinding hard, she worked with Kendrick Lamar, ab soul, KeKe wyatt. and was On the 2009 Bet cypher!!! currently has an album about to drop independently noboy grind harder than Nitty Scott Mc!
    • conyac
      exactly who i thought of after seeing their list!
  • Mike T
    and of course They missed the queen "Saroc" just goes to shop how disconnected They are . Godhop is the future..Still got mad respect for Rapsody though.
  • nick
    and no jean grae, who probably influenced at least half of these ladies? or maybe this is only a list of upstarts?
    • Cage
      ^^ That.
    • Anonymous
      You have to read the article... "In light of that, it seemed like a good time to revisit the subject of female MCs particularly so because female-fronted hip hop is on the cusp of a resurgence. Not only does Nicki Minaj have her third studio album slated to drop by the end of the year and the femcee promises a return to her fiery hip-hop roots but rapper Iggy Azalea has found mainstream success in her collaborations with both Ariana Grande and Charli XCX. Artists like Angel Haze, JEAN GRAE and Azealia Banks are all working hard, too, to make it in the male-dominated world of hip-hop, and they arent alone." Jean Grae's name was mentioned already. Reading is important.
  • keeb
    snow tha product.
    • anon
      +1
  • nick
    you know what another word for a female emcee is? an emcee. christ, it's 2014!
  • dj baddebt
    Cannot believe this list does not include Ya Girl Dynasty (seriously , she has mad mic skillz) , also SintheSis follow my monthly Realhiphop mixes on www.mixcrate.com/baddebt
  • Anonymous
    Lets be honest nobody wants to hear females rap or play basketball well atleast i dont.
    • Anonymous
      all females belong in the kitchen, amirite?
  • Anonymous
    what the fuck is happening to this website? this is the 4th damn list you have put up today alone?