Where My Ladies At?: Femcees You Need to Be Listening To


xxl Vanessa & Miranda of XXL Magazine stopped by The Breakfast Club on June 13th to discuss this year’s 2016 Freshmen Class cover (click here for video). While there, they shed light on the interesting process of choosing the “class”, organizing the shoot, and even the rejection process. Although most of the interview was pretty straightforward, once Angela Yee brought up women rappers, the tone of the interview changed.

Angela Yee: Siya from Sisterhood of Hip Hop left a comment on my Instagram when I posted the cover. She [Siya] said, “All men. Again overlooking positive influential female emcees…”

It was at this point that she was interrupted by Miranda and Charlemagne with corrections about the “female emcees” that have previously graced the cover. What I’m most interested in though is Miranda’s later response which was, “I would like her to direct that to the consumers and the people who listen to hip-hop and tell them to listen to more females and get them out there.” She went on to say that everyone can’t be satisfied and that there’s a lack of diversity in every aspect depending on who you ask. This comment is sounding like a cop out. Although the Freshmen cover does reflect the taste of the culture, it would be foolish to pretend that it does not also help to shape it. Some are looking to the cover because their new favorite rapper is finally getting the attention that they deserve, thereby prolonging their popularity. While others are looking for new artists to listen to, thereby increasing their popularity. Despite the inconsistency of these radio show hosts' discussion I was inspired to use my platform to expand what XXL has decided is our (read: hip hop consumers) current taste to include women emcees. Enjoy!

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Cardi B

Regardless of how you feel about the reality star, her influence is undeniable. I mean, her mixtape debuted at #47 on billboard. If you are interested in hearing something a little more serious from the Get Schmoney Queen, check out “Selfish”. Listen to her mixtape here.


Armani Caesar

I came across this rapper and e-boutique owner and was immediately taken aback by her smooth-gangster style. (My favorite track from her mixtape, “Poppie Girls." Take a listen.) I’d describe her delivery as Jay-Z and Lil' Kim’s love child: smooth, sexy, and very hood. It’s lit.

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Nezi Momodu

You probably remember The N.E.Z  from the Texas Tech cypher that went viral early last year. Here’s a link to jog your memory, click here. Remember now? Yeah. Nezi’s cypher/massacre was not a fluke. She delivers lyrically consistently. Check out her music here.



I came to know of Ingrid after a loving post from Solange found its way into my Instagram newsfeed. Because I’m the ultimate consumer I followed Solange’s lead and gave Ingrid’s perfectly titled EP, Trill Feels a listen. As usual, Solo was right and I’ve been replaying “Flex” and “F.A.D” over and over for the last 48 hours. Also, any person who begins a record with, “You tryna be a star, I’m tryna be like my mama” deserves a listen. Listen for yourself here.



If you’re from the Northeast you’ve probably already heard of this burgeoning rapper. As she settles down in Atlanta the Detorit native has been dropping gems along the way. With gritty lyrics and the confidence that comes from knowing your music is solid she gave us Keisha vs. Kashdoll, the mixtape. Before you listen to that check her All The Way Up remix. It’s so good, it’s so her.  Listen to Kashdoll here.



The woman that inspired this all! Although reality television offered her a big platform, I’m sure she would’ve risen to stardom regardless. The track “1997” is proof of that. Until she graces us with a full album in August, Siya vs. Siya, listen to What Never Happened here.

Needless to say, The Breakfast Club has it wrong with their argument that women emcees aren't listened to. Clearly, with so much talent available, they're simply being ignored.

AshleyAshely Tisdale is a recent graduate of Florida A&M University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English, and is currently in the process of pursuing a PhD. She is a big sister, dreamer, prayer, girlfriend, and underemployed window shopping enthusiast. She thinks "Black Girls Are Fly because history has simultaneously deemed us un-credited trendsetters and undesirable. Despite these consistent inconsistencies, we celebrate ourselves." Find her: Boldbuxombeautiful.comStoriesofSisterhood.com