BY Samantha Albala
on Sep 15, 2014
Hey Ladies! There is no doubt that Mz 007 will have you dancin' and responding "I'm Important" for at least the rest of today! The Princess of the Lou, because she hails from St.Louis, MO, released a new video late last month that is clad with a sassy-and-I-know-it attitude. The now LA based rapper has been in the game for about 5 years now and is finally starting to get recognition for her serious skills. The video is a celebration of self and an "I'm coming through, bitch, I'm gorgeous" confidence. Read More
BY Meg Zulch
on Sep 05, 2014
There’s no question that Nicki Minaj is a queen in her own right. She inspires millions, being one of a small number of female rappers who made the big time. In many of her songs and videos, she’s fierce, confident and quite literally annihilating the male gaze (like in the video for her single “Lookin’ Ass”). All that being said, it’s hard to deny that Nicki Minaj embraces some form of feminism. But is her brand of feminism for everyone?
Nicki is a very strong woman who completely owns her sexuality. Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jun 27, 2014
Some say that Lizzo is the greatest word-play rapper since the heyday of hip-hop. The Houston-bred, Minneapolis-based emcee is taking the world by storm with her clever raps and impeccable flow.
After the release of LIZZOBANGERS (on label Totally Gross National Product) in 2013, she has been releasing music videos and getting ready for some live performances (she’s performing at Glastonbury among other festivals and shows).
She just released some more U.S. tour dates with Clean Bandit as they collaborated on a song together – New Eyes, off an album of the same name. Read More
BY Eloise Giegerich
on Nov 25, 2013
“All female artists who work in Afghanistan today are risking their lives so that they can pave the way for other women.” These are the words of 24 year old Paradise Sorouri, Afghan’s first female rap singer.
Born in Iran, Paradise makes up one half of the rap duo, 143—the other half being her fiancé, Diverse. Though the two started out singing about love and other familiar, tamer topics, their 2010 move from Herat, Afghanistan to Tajikistan inspired them to start writing songs about violence against women. Read More
BY Adrienne Tooley
on Oct 23, 2013
Angel Haze, the awesome 22-year-old rapper, just released a freestyle to the tune of Macklemore’s “Same Love.” In it, she opens up about her sexuality (she's previously described herself as pansexual) and her experiences with prejudice and judgment from both her family and the world. Before she launches into the song, she begins with “Hi mom, I’m really scared right now, but I have to."
From there, Angel Haze takes listeners on an intensely personal journey as she puts her sexuality on display and addresses the challenges she’s faced. Read More
BY Solange Castellar
on Oct 01, 2013
It’s no surprise when I tell you MC Lyte is one of the flyest female rappers in hip-hop. If that comes to you as a surprise, then you don’t know real hip-hop (#notsorry). Growing up in my household, MC Lyte was one of the many rappers that my older sister and brother used to blast and I thank them for introducing me to her at such a young age. I mean, have you even heard “Cappucino”? Lyte always pointed out misogyny in the hip-hop community and New York City violence in her lyrics. Read More
BY Eloise Giegerich
on Sep 24, 2013
Y’all, this music video is seriously the best. Combining sick fashion, sleek motorcycles, gay pride, a literally buttered-up man, and DONUTS (!!), up and coming artist Lizzo creates the perfect visual accompaniment to “Batches & Cookies,” the first single of her new album LIZZOBANGERS. As she rides around the streets of Minneapolis with Sophia Eris (the track’s featured artist), Lizzo projects an image of cool confidence and orginality, perfectly embodying the heart of her music, which explores a variety of new styles and shows off daringly creative beats. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Sep 06, 2013
Ahh, 1988. What a time to be alive...(I assume).
Hey, no matter where you were when Reagan was president, this song is the bomb dot com. Before Friday is over, sneak out those headphones and jam out at your desk. Bonus points if you--mysteriously--find yourself wearing a polka-dot leotard at some point this weekend. Read More
BY Teresa Lu
on May 02, 2013
Earlier this year, we talked about why the Left Eye is the shit: she advocated safe sex, she burned down her abusive boyfriend’s house, and she did charity work with children in underdeveloped communities.
Long live the '90s.
That’s why we’re psyched that VH1’s Mixtape Festival will be presenting TLC on stage as a trio once again. We hear that Left Eye will be appearing on stage - as a digital projection made of archival footage. Awesome, and awesome.
The late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Feb 11, 2013
Nicole and Natalie Albino are twin sisters who make up the hip-hop duo Nina Sky. The Queens, NY natives have been making dope beats and spitting sick raps since 2004. You might remember their chart-topping reggaeton single “Move Ya Body” from way back when, but they’ve changed things up a bit since then. Their latest album Nicole & Natalie still holds strong to their R&B roots but sounds a bit more like Euro-dance-pop. This past Thursday, the ladies brought the party to 285 Kent, where fans rolled out to hear the hits, old and new. Read More