Cliche Magazine Oct/Nov 2017 - Page 120

THE GLASS CEILING These female rappers are changing the game in the industry right now. BY LILLY MILMAN I n a genre defined by hy- permasculinity, profani- ty, and the sexualization of female bodies, it’s not surprising that there has never been a historically high concentration of women in rap. When it came to hip- hop, women were always tied to the role of “featured” artist, or contributing harmonies and hooks, but rarely verses. However, things are finally changing in the rap world and we have many genre-defying female artists to thank for that. We rounded up a list of the most up-and-coming female rappers that you should not be sleeping on this year. CARDI B 120 If you haven’t heard Cardi B’s breakout single “Bodak Yellow,” then you must be living under a rock. The overarching message of the song is obvious from the first few lines: Cardi B thinks she’s better than you, and she wants to be the one to tell you. The song takes cues from classic rap culture surrounding money, glory, and celebrity. It also subverts the clas- sic rap narrative because Cardi is a woman—the antithesis of the tough, black male rapper stereo- type. She’s effortlessly breaking boundaries, and she’s doing it in a way you can dance to.