From its dawning to its permeation into urban mainsteam culture ,hip hop remains male dominated in Zimbabwe and the rest of the world. With only a few female hip hop artistes managing to stand out this year in the mainstream(Trae Yung,Dj Naida,BlacPerl etc)females still have a lot to achieve in the hope of thriving in hip hop circles. A few have come and gone (Dice, Alvina) with Amelia passing on with a prosperous future that lay ahead of her.There are new queens on the scene now, girdled up to tackle the hinges of the rap game with the aim of pushing against the competition in form of their male counterparts. Here are some of the upcoming female hip hop artistes that you might want to add to your playlist and watch out for as they groom themselves for success.
Born Farai Makoni ,Radio Fien has been in the musical circles for a while now.Her first song entitled ‘Whats Up’ produced by J lawless was her bridging gap to the hip hop circles.She went on to do ”The Way and ‘Tilll The Early Morning which were produced by Willy Monfret.Her ‘Casualty of Love ‘ track managed to find its way amongst local radio stations.This year,the rapper dropped ‘The One’ a Dutch produced track and the visuals to the track set in South Africa,Johannesburg which was directed by one of the prolific video directors in S.A at the moment, Kyle White .Radio_fien is energetic and creative with a potential musical career that will take her places.
Associated Acts:Baller Mandizha,AMTNT Music
The S.A based Icy Murda might be a familiar name with her collaboration with Baller Mandizha on ‘Put It On Repeat’.Starting off rapping in high school where she picked up her monicker,Icy Murda is fierce on the mic with a streak of gangsterism and yet maintaining a feminine stance in her rhymes.
3.Femcee Awa (@FemceeAWA)
Associated Acts: AMTNT Music
Femcee Awa is from Bulawayo and is affiliated with AMTNT Music.With a music career spanning back from the year 2010 when she was still under Makokoba Township Records ,the rapper has grown enough to share the stage with notable artists with her Shoko Festival appearance last year.Her sound is poetic with a fusion of old school hip hop elements and new school elements.
Associated Acts:Kidd Aktive, JacksonZimboy,Trevor Dongo
UZ student and model turned rapper Sheila K Young is still in the mist of growth with only a few features to her name.She featured recently on Kidd Aktive’s Musoro Pasi Remix and on Jackson Zimboy’s ‘Zvakunakidza’ and is set to release an EP early 2016.
5.Nemo Da Nemesis(@Nemo_Da_Nemesis)
Associated Acts: AMTNT MUSIC,Terry Poter Rain
The Bulawayo upcoming rapper signatured her rapping mark with her first solo track titled ‘Money and Bars’ which managed to make noise amongst hip-hop circles in Bulawayo.The song recites the hustles of an (f)emcee trying to make a living from the rap industry.With a style infused with a poetry background Nemo Da Nemesis is one raw storyteller to be impressed with.
Associated Acts:Cashbid(cypher) Meyniak(cypher), Sharky(cypher)Chullyr,Alpha Centauri
The LLB graduate cum rapper has been rapping since her college days.Born Emilia Mandaza,Tru North has been making underground with outstanding features on Love Triangles,produced by FTR and making a stance in a cypher featuring Meyniak,Cashbid,Sharky and Savage.Her musical aura is flawless with fresh and distinctive rhymes that project her as a rapper with raw talent. .
Associated Acts:The Hitmen ZW
Whitney Cash is a Harare based rapper who is affiliated with The Hitmen .Her first single ‘Wannabe’ laid her pace as one of the hip female emcees around with cheeky lyrics and an edgy personality.She is set to release a mixtape soon under the production of The Hitmen.