The Importance of Female Rap for Black Women


Though hip-hop is often criticized for its degrading lyrics about women, female rap is essential for the empowerment of Black women. Sesali Bowen explains, “Female rappers allow Black women to envision a world where our needs, desires, and identities come first.” Women have been excluded from hip-hop, but new artists are making spaces for themselves through social platforms such as SoundCloud, Twitter, and Instagram. Briana Younger of The New Yorker recently wrote that hip hop cannot continue to grow without the inclusion of women.

For Further Reading

Check out this list of 25 female rap albums from 2018.

Discussion Question

What genre of music or female artist inspires you?

Action Item

Support female artists, especially local artists, by streaming their music and attending shows.

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