Yo, this video is hilariously dope! Saw it a few days ago, and I know it’s not normally what I post, but I’m full of surprises.
Ester Dean is legit and this beat goes hard! Peep the video below for her track, “Bam Bam.”
So what happens when you got a killer beat, a group of a female rappers, and an English accent? Well, you get a bangin’ track called “Rock The Mic” featuring the UK Female Allstars & insane production skills by Mikey J.
It’s actually quite a shame this video doesn’t have more views. I know it was only released the other day via SoulCultureUK’s YouTube, but I really think it’s a video that deserves more props. It’s not often that you see a lot of female rappers collaborating on tracks, so it’s nice to see the top female rappers of the UK coming together; the track features A Dot, Baby Blue, Lioness, RoxXxan, Mz Bratt and Lady Leshurr.
I may not be big on a lot of hip-hop, but I definetly always try to support the female rappers, especially if they are good. Secondly, I’m a huge fan of UK artists. The UK has a lot of good music, and I actually love the accent most rappers have. I’ll admit it can be hard to understand their accents, but you’ve got to love the killer lyrics & the bangin’ beat.
Luckily “Rock The Mic” has all the ingredients that make for a good track (well in my opinion). The song & the video is legit. It’s honestly one of those things you could probably dislike, but if you support female MC’s from the UK, then you should totally like it, pass it on, and be sure to share it with everyone!
©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com
There may not be a lot of female rappers making it big on the mainstream hip-hop industry, but the indie circuit has a lot of females that are doing their thing. In the past I wrote about one of my favorite female rappers MC Melodee, but there is another female artist out there that has caught my attention.
Thanks to @teamRAWR on Twitter, they let me know that yet another artist from Baby Dinosaurs & CO. has released a new video. The artist I’m talking about is this dope female rapper named Kelow. If you haven’t heard of Kelow, then you’re missing out on some great music from a rawr-diculously dope indie artist that screams creativity.
Kelow is an upcoming female rapper from Maryland, but she doesn’t just limit herself to rapping. She’s a songwriter, a poet, a painter, and a fusion of eclectic expression that many wish they could be. Kelow is unique, original, beautiful, eccentric, and super talented.
Her debut project Colored Pencils was released by Baby Dinosaurs & CO, and thus far the project has received quite the acclaim. Simply put, it’s good music. High quality production, innovative expression, and abstract thought are what make the album such a success. A lot of the tracks give you a glimpse into different emotions and concepts that Kelow likes to express, but her song “Let It Go” is one that many can relate to.
The video for “Let It Go” just came out the other day and its yet another amazing video shot by BDCO’s creative director Ayinde7. It’s a song that gives Kelow a chance to show off an avant-garde spoken word approach instead of spitting some solid rhymes. It’s unique. Artistic. Refreshing. Bold. It’s Kelow….
Check out the visuals below & be sure to follow her on twitter @SuperKelow Also download her debut album Colored Pencils here
©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com
While watching the cyphers at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, I was introduced to two female rappers I’d never heard of: Lady Rage and Nitty Scott. Both of the females did their thing on the mic, even British singer Estelle showed us that she can drop some solid rhymes.
It was nice seeing some female rappers in the cypher. It totally reminded me that there are still a lot of females doing their thing on the rap scene, even if I never hear much about them. A lot of them may not be mega-stars like Nicki Minaj, but they still have some great rhymes that deserve to be heard. Don’t get me wrong, I actually like a few of Nicki Minaj’s song, but I get tired of always hearing about her being one of the best female rappers in the game. Yeah, she got some mad skillz, but there are other women out there on the international tip that need some recognition.
One of those ladies that deserves mad props is MC Melodee. This girl not only has a beautiful head of curly hair, but some beautifully raw lyrics that easily can make her a contender in the hip-hop game. She is actually part of a hip-hop duo from Amsterdam called La Melodia. The duo consists of MC Melodee and DJ/Producer I.N.T. The duo has performed around the world, especially throughout Europe. They have this nice feelgood hip-hop vibe that takes you back to the golden age of hip-hop.
A lot of their music has that golden age of hip-hop essence and the latest video featuring MC Melodee is a major throwback! The Spanish DJ/Producer trio known as Cookin’ Soul (one of my favorite producer trios) teamed up with La Melodia’s MC Melodee for a hip-hop treat. Her latest single is called “Cha Cha Cha” and it’s a remix of the classic song “Cha Cha Cha” by MC Lyte. Sometimes remixes of classic tracks can be a major fail, but I think MC Melodee’s remix is an absolute WIN! She did the track justice and shows us that she is a dope female MC that deserves some major props.
I’m really digging this group La Melodia, and I hope to see if their international success will make it’s way over to America. But even if they don’t make a name for themselves over here in the states, at least they are doing it up big in the European scene. Europe has some of the best music in the world, so keep an eye out for more great artists, female rappers, and timeless tracks from La Melodia.
This track is insane! That beat goes so hard!!!!
This video is pretty awesome! It was filmed with the Iphone 4.
©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com
If I had to compile a list of my top rappers that I’m currently listening to religiously, it would be based solemnly on content of the material and the lyrical flow. My list isn’t necessarily based on a rating of 1 being the best and 10 being last place. Each artist has something that makes them special in my music library and the ones on this list are Number 1 in their own respective flow. So every day I’m going to post one of my favorite rappers and some of there videos that I like. I have a lot of music and have been finding out what my hip-hop preferences are. so stay tuned!
BACKGROUND:In the past few years, I’ve begun to compile a hip-hop collection on my computer. By no means necessary is it massive or quite impressive compared to most dj’s and hip-hop connoisseurs, but it has about 1000 songs in it thus far. My Christmas wish is to get a new Ipod Touch (32gb, even though I have about 25gb of music and still finding more daily). I currently have an Ipod Touch 16gb and it sucks that I wasn’t able to fit all my music on there. Don’t even get me started on R & B and Soul, I have about 1500 of those songs.
Since I haven’t been able to fit all my music on my Ipod, I’ve mainly been listening to a lot of hip-hop, gospel, house, and a lot of electronica music for when I’m at the gym. Hip-hop is genre that offers me a complex lyricism with a sometimes complex or simple beat. There is a song for every mood you in, whether you want to make love, party all night, or seek some reassurance with the social struggles. If you’ve read my post What if Hip-Hop Didn’t Exist then you know where I’m coming from. I love hip-hop with a passion!
With that being said, there are a few rappers that I listen to on a regular basis and love their craftsmanship, whereas there are some rappers I’m just sick of seeing but I respect their game and don’t hate. I just don’t blast their music on a daily basis. I’m not a huge Lil’ Wayne fan, Drake, or Eminem fan…just not into it. I will give them props though, Eminem is a beast when it comes to battle rap but his other stuff I just can’t get with. Drake has come a long way from being Jimmy on Degrassi, I’m just sick of seeing him all over the place and on everyone’s tracks. But his flow is alright and he does have some substance to his rap. May not be on a conscious level like The Roots, Mos Def, Consequence, or Talib, but it holds some substance that you can grasp. As far as Lil’ Wayne, I just can’t stand his voice! It drives me insane! I’m very picky when it comes to certain hip-hop, it can have the best beat ever and ill lyrics, but if the rapper has an annoying voice…then I won’t listen to it.
That goes for female rappers. Hands down my favorite female rappers are Kid Sister (love her!), Lil’ Kim (I’d chose her any day over Nicki Minaj), Queen Latifah, Salt N Pepa, MC Lyte, Trina, Monie Love, and I even like Eve. Not too many mainstream female rappers nowadays, it seems they have to sell sex appeal and talk about how fly they are just to be respected in the game. It’s a sad commentary that female rappers are sometimes viewed as a step up from a video vixen…known for their looks and not their lyrical substance. If a female rapper was average looking or unattractive would she still be successful? Looks seem to be a determining factor in societal success, furthermore a determine factor in musical success. But it doesn’t matter how unattractive a rapper is, as long as his music is catchy and can gain attention. Rick Ross sure isn’t attractive in my eyes, nor is Gucci Man, Jeezy, Lil’ Wayne, and I definitely am not attracted to Drake. But their music is catchy and sticks with you.
#1. Kanye West
Simply put…Musical Genius!
I have been a huge fan of Kanye when he first entered the game. His flow is untouchable and his style defies the definition of a rapper. He doesn’t just talk about Gucci and Louis Vuitton…he lives it! With his shoe design collaboration with Louis Vuitton and his classy style, Kanye West is the epitome of fashion. Aside from his amazing chic style ( I wish more men dressed like that!), Mr. West has a flow that just commands attention. The authority in his voice is reflected on every track he touches and is seen in his international flair. Kanye West is the true definition of a Renaissance Man! He travels the world, he is producing a Japanese pop group, he is on top of every fashion trend, and he is still respected by the hip-hop community and is embraced by different races and cultures worldwide. He is able to combine violins and ballerinas with raw hip-hop lyricism, now that’s Renaissance! Simply put…Kanye West is a clever, creative, and a unique Musical Genius. Surely, he will be a legend in the years to come. My Fav Kanye tracks: Through The Wire ( his first single, which he recorded with his jaw wired shut after an accident…now that’s whats up!), I Wonder, Touch the Sky, and Runaway. *Runaway is also one of my favorite music videos from his full length film, it exudes all the elements that are associated with being renaissance in the year 2010. I love the suit too! So fresh!