While rummaging through the vast virtual fields of Internet land for info on up-and-coming Latin female MCs, one might feel a little discouraged. Browse through mixtape sites, specialized blogs, and music matching systems, and you might come up with very few names, and even those you might stumble upon you might already know.
It would be dumb to think that there are no new lady rhymers on the horizon. Women have been at it since the inception of hip-hop, so why is it so hard to find out about the next generation who might change the game?
There are, of course, some powerful rhymesayers making the rounds and getting attention, but they seem to be more like an exception rather than the rule. From what I gathered, some of the best female rappers operate at an insular level with perhaps a few buds and a small crew on their corner. Others, however, are part of female/feminist-centric collectives, mentioned in hushed tones by their fans, while being adored by an enthusiastic minority. Perhaps Latin hip-hop is still very much a segregated field.
For this list, I gathered five female artists working in the hip-hop scene who are talented where it counts. Other than that, some have little in common with one another. A few sip champagne with the biggest names in pop, while others are close to their indigenous communities. A bright side demonstrated by this list is that Latin female emcees are free to express their personalities and worries in all senses of the word, freeing the flow from clichés and compromise.
Three of the five artists mentioned in this article hail from the US, which speaks more loudly about a bigger scene there than in other Latam countries, where it’s more of a niche market with far less activity, comparatively-speaking. This has nothing to do with talent, but everything with exposure. This is a small sample of what’s going on, so we invite you to add whoever you feel deserves to be on our watchlist on the comments.
Here are five of the most talented new female rappers to get excited about.