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The New Female MCs in the Game

I could have written a really witty or quirky first line followed by shade thrown at Kreayshawn and a few big ups to Nicki Minaj. I could have also written some sort of response to Touré’s recent piece in the New York Times about white female rappers challenging the black masculinity that hip-hop is built on.  But I didn’t really feel the need to do any of that. Although, the title of this piece is “The New Female Rappers In the Game,” the women that I’m about to mention have all been working hard to gain the following that they now have. Neither of them have sat on 106 & Park’s couch being graced with an interview by Rocsi and Terrence J, nor have their videos been played by MTV, although they should be.

Residing in cities such as Atlanta, LA, and New York City these women are gaining a following, booking shows, and releasing visuals that are just as stimulating as their lyrics.

While the majority of the women mentioned haven’t received a ton of mainstream attention one of them recently has. Nitty Scott MC was featured in one of the cyphers among Estelle, Soprano, and Lacrae at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards. The 21-year-old current resident of Brooklyn, NY has benefited from her 3-plus-minute time to shine. “It helped to upgrade my profile as an artist. It made people more familiar with me as an individual as opposed to a part of this group of upcoming MCs. It set me apart as my own entity,” she said.

Siya, a Brooklyn native who didn’t have the opportunity to spit in a BET cypher but has shared stages with a myriad of rappers whose videos are aired on BET, MTV, and VH1, easily could have. Not too long ago she released her mixtape, Elevator Dreams, and followed that with her Mike Ho-directed video, “I’m Gone,” which has gotten almost 50,000 views on YouTube. She’s currently working on her debut album, Letter to the Sky, and that snagged a feature from Gym Class Heroes’ Travie McCoy for.

While Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj are still busting shots at each other, some female MCs are actually showing camaraderie. Siya teamed up with Maybach Music’s new signee Audra The Rapper recently to release a freestyle to Drake’s “Motto.” Since signing with Maybach Music, the Virginia native has been gracing New York’s hip-hop Scene with her slick and raspy lyrics. Last summer, she dropped her EP No Such Thing Does Exist.

Camaraderie isn’t just taking place on the Northeast Coast either. Boog Brown, a Detroit native has been in Atlanta making waves and rocking shows with her peers. She just released the remix version of her popular album, Brown Study, which was a collaborative effort with Apollo Brown. The album features artists such as 14KT, Nick Tha 1DaMarvWon, and illastrate. Adrift The Belle, who has been on a few of the same bills as Boog Brown is also heating up Atlanta. Her East Coast tribute album D.R.U.G.S.-N-Adrift  recently made its away around the blogosphere, earning accolades for her and D.R.U.G.S., who produced “I Just Wanna” for 50 Cent.

Over on the West Coast, Raven Sorvino--also known as the first lady of Language Artz--has been consistently hitting the internet with visuals to gear up for her upcoming album, Paper Girl. She just revealed her new sensual video, “Whisper’z N.S.F.W.” where she taps into her sexy side. In addition to being an MC, she’s an actress. Her theatrical side slightly comes out through her sidekick, “Ralphie”, a Ralph Lauren Teddy Bear who has made a few cameos in her last few videos.

Female MCs often serve as hip-hop’s eye candy. All of these women have extremely different images and different styles but, one thing that they all have in common is ill lyrics. “People respect how it looks before they respect what it is,” says Nitty Scott MC. "If these women were to never drop a video, you definitely would have to respect their sound."

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