Hip hop is changing for the better and at an incredibly fast pace. No longer is it an exclusive genre for black male artists as it was perceived in the early 80 to around 1995. Now, rap and hip hop is more accessible through recordings shared on social media, thus creating a new wave to inspired people that would have been shunned by the industry twenty to thirty years ago.
Iggy Azalea, Dominique Young, Nicki Minaj, Angel Haze, Azelia Banks, M.I.A and Ke$ha are some of the breakthrough female rappers of the 21st Century and they are all paving their way through the cut-throat business with rap in their respective genres and styles in what I call 'The New Age of Rappers'.
*** There are so many more artists that I have not mentioned. Sites like THIS are dedicated to new female musicians, so please have a look and listen.
There has been a lot of scepticism and hate towards female rappers online and in tabloids, but this is mainly to do with image rather than their musical ability. Most of the artists I named above are known to dress rather provocatively in music videos and on stage, which is causing a concern that their young fans will think that 'the norm'. While I agree that many of these artists seem to undergo big aesthetic transformations before they fully reach commercial success, they are often targeting for their looks before they even rap a single bar of music, which is shocking. When I look at most of these women (and hear their music - which is the most important thing!) I see/hear struggle, ferocity, bravery and independences in their vocals and how they carry themselves.
The female pioneers of rap/hip hop Missy Elliot, Lauryn Hill, Lil Kim, Eve, Lil Mama, Queen Latifah and Ms Dynamite (and even Wee Papa Girl Rappers and Salt 'n' Peppa'), are still hailed as legendary for their contribution to the industry. They really did help change the stereotype of female musicians in the urban scene. Now, in 2013, it's seen as okay for a woman on any class and race to listen to and inspire to be a rap/hip hop artist so I therefore salute them for that.
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