8 Female Rappers You Should Listen To Right Now

BY NIAIA BOSTON

Summer may be nearing an end, but there's no shortage of good music coming from fierce female rappers to keep you motivated. Since Cardi B's historic rise to the top of the charts and Nicki Minaj's recent release of her fourth studio album, Queen, it can be hard to remember that there is plenty of room for more spit-fire emcees to showcase their skills and versatility. Whether you're searching for something chill or upbeat, these are just a few of the talented women you could be streaming to revive your playlists.

1.  Saweetie

Diamonté Harper is a west coast native whose ambition transcends the USC classroom indicated on her track "Focus" where she shouts out her parents as motivation and advises her listeners to remember their worth. But it’s the self-celebratory anthem "ICY GRL" which samples Khia's unapologetic 2002 hit "My Neck, My Back" that put Saweetie on the map.

Listen to her track: "Anti"

2. Lady Leshurr

This English grime rapper packs a mean punch, but don’t worry, it's just banter. The infectious beat and witty lines of "Queen Speech 4" currently has over 53 million views validating her charm. Leshurr's ability to switch between rap to the melodic vibes of a song like "On my way!" shows that she has the versatility to hang with the best.

Listen to her track: "Black Panther (Freestyle)"

3. Maliibu Miitch

Bronx bred rapper, Maliibu Miitch, says that her bars come from her need to vent and bring real rappers back that write their own material based on their own adversity. Her gruff voice and lyrical flow will surely attract fans of fellow New Yorkers, Foxy Brown and Lil Kim as showcased on her Crush On You remix.

Listen to her track: "Give Her Some Money"

4. Kari Faux

Not much may come to mind when you think about Little Rock, Arkansas outside of a history class, but Kari Faux is here to change your perception. The quirky self-proclaimed Rap Game Daria has been featured on the soundtracks for HBO’s Insecure, but it was her fourth mixtape, Laugh Now, Die Later which spurred a collaboration with Childish Gambino on the bouncy single, "No Small Talk" that started it all.

Listen to her track: "Top Down"

5. Lizzo

Graced with a soulful voice and charismatic personality, Lizzo's debut EP Coconut Oil had us all feeling Good As Hell. Her commitment to spreading self-love and body positivity will surely help you get out of a bad funk.

Listen to her track: "Boys"

6. Rico Nasty

Worlds collide with this DMV artist who effortlessly weaves aggressive rap verses with an alternative punk aesthetic. Her single, "Poppin" made waves after being featured on Issa Rae's hit series, Insecure.

Listen to her track: "Smack a B*tch"

7. Princess Nokia

Formerly known as Wavy Spice, this Rough Trade rapper is all about girl power and is unafraid to stand-up against bigotry. She often encourages young women in her audiences to move towards the front of the stage in an effort to reclaim space that is usually teeming with men. Her latest project is a collaboration with grammy-award winning producer, Timbaland to Erase The Hate by raising awareness of the rampant prejudice and discrimination experienced within the U.S.

Listen to her track: "Brujas"

8. Noname

Chi-town has produced some of the most conscious rappers to date, think early 2000s Kanye West, Common, and Chance The Rapper. Noname is no exception. She collaborated with Chance on his Acid Rap mixtape for the melancholic love song, "Lost." Noname's debut solo effort, Telefone, would eventually be featured on Lena Waithe's hit series, The Chi. Lookout for her sophomore album, Room 25 dropping soon.

Listen to her track: "Casket Pretty"