13 Best New Female Rappers Right Now

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13 Rising Female MCs You Should Know


Step aside, Nicki, there's a dozen women tearing up the game right now. This list is a nod to the rising female rappers who are making it happen this year. From Tink to Dej Loaf, here are the best new female rappers who can rap pashmina shawls around their peers—male or female.

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Lee Mazin


Taliyah “Lee Mazin” Smith is the first lady of Meek Mill's Dreamchasers imprint. The Philly native is gradually building a presence with a string of mixtapes. She followed up her Lovelee mixtape with In My Own Lane.

Listen: Lee Mazin - "Yesterday"

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3 D Natee


Straight out of New Orleans, Na'Tee moves seamlessly from soulful stories to early-2000s hip-hop, gaining a modern sheen from the Dirty South-inspired production. She remains unsigned, however, despite praise from Trina, Missy Elliott and Timbaland.

Watch: 3 D Na'Tee - "Switch"

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Snow tha Product

Snow tha Product
Snow tha Product.

Snow tha Product is a product of Calif, but she resides in the Lone Star State. And if folks stopped wondering if she's white or latina, they might notice what she is -- talented. Snow has this honey-vs-vinegar thing going for her (go listen to "Drunk Love" and "Holy Sh!t" in that order). She's trying to woo the fellas and the ladies at the same damn time.

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Nyemiah Supreme


If the name Nyemiah Supreme sounds familiar, it's probably because you remember her from the Oxygen show Sisterhood of Hip-Hop. The Queens lyricist has the backing of hip-hop boardsman Timbaland. And judging by their early collaborative tracks, there's plenty of reason to be excited about her prospects.

Watch: Nyemiah Supreme - "Rock and Roll"

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Tawn P


Tawn P is a little heard subterranean heat from Houston. She swiftly drifts between soul singer and ferocious rapper, which is always a bonus. She's been steadily dropping beautiful music as a solo rapper and as one half of AllDay.

Listen: Tawn P - A3C Festival Medley

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Gifted Gab


Straight outta Seattle, Gifted Gab (not to be confused with Blackalicious MC Gift of Gab) is a rising rapper with an old school spirit. She cites Queen Latifah as one of her key influences. In fact, Gab named her debut album Queen La'Chiefah in honor of the legendary Dana Owens.

Watch: Gifted Gab - "Dead Wrong"

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Noname Gypsy


I first experienced Noname Gypsy on  standout "Lost" and became intrigued immediately. The Chicago rapper writes the type of lyrics you want to print and frame. She's basically a rapper trapped inside a poet. The self-anointed "dopest female MC" delivers her words with care and melody in a way that makes you ears fall in love with her voice. 

Listen: Noname Gypsy - "Paradise"

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Kilo Kish


Kilo Kish serves up the realness with hints of R&B and a side of spoken word. She's taking a knives to boxes and making huge strides. Kish, an art school graduate, also maintains a side gig as a fashion model.

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Brianna Perry


Brianna Perry, another member of the Sisterhood of Hip-Hop cast, is a throwback to Foxy Brown and Lil Kim. Perry is from Miami, but you can definitely hear Biggie's influence in her sound, which can be a good thing. She's been steadily improving as a rapper, as evidenced by her sensational freestyle on Sway in the Morning.

Listen: Brianna Perry - "Sway in the Morning" Freestyle

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Little Simz

Little Simz
Little Simz.

A brief bio: Little Simz is 21. She's a product of North London. She caught the music bug at age 9. Simz honed her skills at St. Mary's Youth Club in Islington, the same school that produced pop star Leona Lewis. Simz has also performed alongside Lewis, Tinie Tempah and others. The young poet counts Lauryn Hill and Nas among her influences.

Listen: Little Simz - "Mandarin"

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Chicago newcomer Tink is a hybrid rapper/singer with immense potential. She vacillates between smooth R&B grooves and face-melting hip-hop bars. With Timbaland producing her debut album, you'll need Ray Bans to see Tink's future.

Watch: Tink - "Around the Clock"

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Dej Loaf


Dej Loaf may be fresh on the scene, but her sound strikes me as infinitely more interesting than Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea. The diminutive Detroit MC broke big last year with "Try Me" and looks to build on that buzz this year. She has already earned respect from peers like Remy Ma and Jeezy. She has aspirations of collaborating with Missy Elliott and DMX.

Watch: Dej Loaf - "Hands Down"

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Rapsody is not a household name, but she should be. She's not only the best female rapper out right now, she's also one of the best emcees of any gender. The North Carolina native has been working the underground circuit for years. Rapsody is a throwback to the soulful side of Lauryn Hill -- she can rock a melodic flow or spazz on a straight boom bap track with equal aplomb.

Watch: Rapsody - "Dark Knights"