The rap game is long overdue for a revamped playing field, and there is no shortage of female rappers to even the score in the male- dominant genre. More girls are not only rapping, but they are doing it well! Oftentimes, they stand out with staggering word play, bravado and captivating feature appearances. Versatile and more than capable, many of these women add a touch of class, an air of power, honesty, constant creativity and sheer sexiness to the genre.
Hip-hop has had many queens reign supreme in both mainstream and underground.
In celebration of women’s history month, here are 10 women in Memphis hip-hop you should know. They might not be the best- selling rappers out right now but these women could be the best rappers you’ve yet to listen to, with rhyme skills and a variety of flavors to add to your rotation. Some are newer acts. Some have been in the game for years, but all deserve attention.
Gangsta Boo is the self-proclaimed Queen of Memphis. She was the first and only female rapper to be a member of Three 6 Mafia. Boo brought a woman’s perspective and charismatic lyrics to the hardcore gangsta rap scene. Boo went head to head with the boys on mystic and horror beats.
Initially making her rap debut on Three 6 Mafia’s original Mystic Stylez album, La Chat has been known as one of the most underrated emcees to emerge from Memphis. Much like Gangsta Boo her sound sticks to the dark, horror side of things. Her cadence, grittiness and distinct pitch are paired with brazen and explicit bars and a level of confidence that overflows on every track. La Chat is one of the few female rappers whose lyrical content has consistently revolved around hardcore gangsta rap. La Chat is undeniably one of the best to do it!
In 2014, Gangsta Boo teamed up with La Chat to release the collaborative album, Witch. The project was welcomed by hardcore hip-hop fans. The two relied on their talent and raw ability to capture the street imagination of fans, sticking to their blueprint of hardcore grit and grime.
Dutchess made a name for herself with her poetic flow, lyrical gift, and blatant vulnerability. Her socially-conscious, largely positive lyrical content, made the Memphis native a powerful voice.
Jessica Dime aka Dimepiece
Jessica Dime is best known for appearing on the hit VH1 reality series, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, but she has also recorded several albums. Her aggressive delivery, clever wordplay, brash lyrics, and innate demeanor definitely makes her a force to be reckoned with.
Memphis Baby stands as a slick-talking star of her own show, prioritizing bad b*tch-dom over bricks. Memphis Baby unapologetically raps about her sexuality, designer affections, pretty face, and hustler mentality.
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Many refer to The Savages as the original City Girls! The dynamic female rap group had summer of 2016 so lit with their viral hit ‘Break’em’. Personally, one of my favorite acts to come from the city.
Many may know Jucee Froot through her song placement on some of our favorite tv shows and movies. Her song “Eat Itself” was featured in the latest season of HBO’s Insecure. Her song “Danger” appeared on the soundtrack for the blockbuster film Birds of Prey and her hit song “Down in the Valley” made its introduction on the series Starz. She has a range of songs to twerk to, songs for partying and song range.
Ace Queezy is lyrical talent! Proving her skill level on multiple freestyles and song releases. With lyrics about hustling, relationships, money and power and a fearless bass in her voice– her musical content is reminiscent of rap legend Gangsta Boo.
Cookie is not bound to the restraints of societal femininity in style and sound.
Cookie trends because of her aggressive tone flows effortlessly on a variety of beats, including her “Rover” freestyle covering Memphis’ own BlocBoy JB. She does not shy away from the beat.