10K80 by Chorouk Akik March 19, 2020
We live in an era where the conversation about female rappers has shifted. Many of us have had the realization that it’s unfair and limiting to pit female rappers against each other just because they are women.
We’ve understood that we don’t need to have just one big female rapper, there’s plenty of room for more. The Rap Sisterhood is growing strong.
So when Cardi B, one of the biggest Rappers on the planet period, shows support to fellow up-and-coming female hip hop artists and rappers, we take notice and we applaud it.
So here’s a list of female rappers Cardi B has shown love to.
You’ve probably heard her voice as the soundtrack to hundreds of appreciation video compilations for celebs. That song was “Beef FloMix” that she released in 2018.
Born Tamia Carter, the 20-year-old is from Mobile, Alabama. Flo Milli started as a member of the rap group ‘Real & Beautiful’ later known as ‘Pink Mafia.’ She dropped her first solo track “No Hook” at 16.
Her SoundCloud tracks “She Loves Me Not” and “White Girl Mia” have amassed over 200k streams each.
She has over 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify and over 12.3k followers on SoundCloud. Her style and talent have attracted the support of fellow rappers like Rico Nasty and Cardi B.
ME TOO ! She have a unique catchy voice and good songs ! https://t.co/XLPj8E7b97
— Cardi B (@iamcardib) March 18, 2020
“In The Party” released in October 2019 has amassed 4.55 Million streams on Soundcloud and over 10 Million views on YouTube. Her latest release “My Attitude” is steadily climbing similar stats.
Harlemite Rapsody has made a name for herself. She has ascended to work with industry legends and giants like GZA, Kendrick Lamar, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, and Mac Miller.
The Grammy-nominated emcee had been working hard on breaking through with her critically acclaimed album Laila’s Wisdom when Cardi B’s Bodak Yellow hit the scene.
“You had Cardi reaching No. 1 — that was a moment that should be celebrated. I also have this album that’s critically acclaimed and people love it. We can celebrate these two together at the same time, for totally different reasons,” she told NPR, “It happens with men all the time.”
And Cardi B shows the same support to the artist.
While Rapsody has already broken through in the industry, the importance of female support in hip hop is still important.
Before City Girls blew up, Cardi showed them love back in 2018.
Since then City Girls, Yung Miami (born Caresha Romeka Brownlee) and JT (born Jatavia Shakara Johnson) have met and worked with Cardi B on “Twerk” released on their studio album Girl Code. They also did vocals on Drake’s “In My Feelings.”
After jail time controversy, the duo has also worked with Moneybagg Yo, Quavo and Megan Thee Stallion. Their mixtape Period remains a fan favorite.
The duo’s success is built on friendship and female empowerment, it’s great to see that vibe across female rap.
Houston based KenTheMan has been on the scene since at least 2016. Her older SoundCloud work is filled with freestyles over known hits like Drake’s “Jumpman” and Kanye’s “New Slaves.”
But Ken’s original tracks are where it’s at. “Deserve” has 592k streams on SoundCloud and “You ain’t special” has 159k views on YouTube.
The artist well aware of the past when it comes to female rappers, telling 97.9 The Box,
“It made it a little easier right and once Cardi B came, it looked possible for a female to come out. It looked impossible for a minute because there was only Nicki.”
Ken the man tooo 🔥 🔥🔥
— Cardi B (@iamcardib) March 19, 2020
It’s important to note that while many female rappers have pointed to Lil Kim as the mother of modern female rap the support often stops there.
Cardi B took that support even further. She promoted Lil Kim’s contemporary music, as a current and contemporary fellow recording artist rather than a long-gone industry legend.