(The BVX.com) As we watch Nicki Minaj's meteoric rise to fame -- New York magazine is even on the bandwagon -- the black Barbie isn't the only pit bull in a skirt. In fact, there are plenty of chicks in the rap game who are immensely talented and outside of the pop culture periscope. Contrary to popular belief, female MCs aren't the rap version of the endangered great white buffalo. And while Minaj, Trina, Eve and Lil Kim are great artists, they aren't the only ladies in town. Still, to see new talent, hip-hop fans have to ditch their blinders and dig around the Web a bit. Just in time, here are 10 female MCs on the rise.
1. Tiye Phoenix
Repping: New Jersey via Baltimore
Beginning as a classically trained pianist, Tiye Phoenix is a lyrically shrewd rapper, singer and producer who has been in the music industry for more than a decade. She's written with Public Enemy, worked with producers Hank and Keith Shocklee, and slayed competition in several beat battles. Once upon a time, Phoenix was signed to Rawkus Records, where she worked with Mos Def, Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek. These days, she's promoting her slept-on album 'Half Woman Half Amazin', released via BabyGrande Records in 2009.
Suggested Tracks: 'Killin Everybody,' 'The Award,' 'Shinin Star'
For more info, check out MySpace.com/TiyePhoenix and Twitter.com/TiyePhoenix.
Eternia represented the T-dot long before Drake made Canada trendy. She's often spotted performing in a T-shirt that reads, "My favorite rapper wears a skirt," a phrase that rings true after experiencing her set. Eternia is intense and possesses a tremendous respect for hip-hop culture. Having toured around the world with acts like Common, KRS-One, The Roots and Bahamadia, the femcee is currently prepping her upcoming album, 'At Last,' which hits shelves June 15 on Fat Beats Records.
Suggested Tracks: 'It's Funny" feat. Joell Ortiz, 'Herstory,' 'Foul Child'
For more info, check out Myspace.com/Eternia.