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Hip-hop, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary as a music genre, is in a state unlike any that it’s ever been in before where the women of rap are dominating the charts by the dozens.

Rookie-of-the-year Ice Spice is already doing top 10 collaborations with pop queen Taylor Swift, Latto and Cardi B have the entire world ripping themselves out of plastic bags on social media and Nicki Minaj is finally making her Barbie dreams come true with a hit on the blockbuster film’s official soundtrack while simultaneously planning a sequel to the 2010 debut album that kicked off her decade-plus reign in rap.

Fabolous, an elder statesman of sorts in hip-hop after maintaining a level of relevance over the past 20 years, recently chose to weigh in on why he thinks some women have the game on lock right now. As you might’ve already seen over on social media, things didn’t fair too well for Fab as many criticized his viral hot take.

 

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Looking at the top 10 on Billboard’s current Hot Rap Chart sees Ice Spice, Nicki Minaj, Kaliii, Latto and Cardi B holding their own against Gunna, Lil Durk, J. Cole, Toosii, Drake, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Nudy and 21 Savage. The same chart a decade earlier saw Nicki Minaj as the sole female presence thanks to a guest verse on Rich Gang’s posse cut, “Tap Out.” Even five years ago, it was just Cardi B with “I Like It.”

While things weren’t exactly different 20 or 25 years ago either — Lil Kim was rocking her “Magic Stick” solo in July ’03, while The Real World alum Heather B. did some damage alone in July ’98 with her moderate hit, “Do You” — there was some diversity happening when it came to the divas delivering the message.

https://twitter.com/lilkimfiles/status/1680578163775094784

It’s true that you’re now more likely to hear “the next Lil Kim” on your radio before the successor to Lauryn Hill, Da Brat, MC Lyte or Queen Latifah makes her long-awaited debut. However, nowadays the output on the radio is greatly influenced by the audience’s input. With the rapid rise of social media and its direct effect on how people consume music, including what’s expected of any given artist in order to be successful, that standard for creating a star femcee very well might’ve been carbon-copied a few times over the years in order to give the people what they want.

 

Of course, there are a handful of other women in hip-hop who represent another side of the female rap spectrum. However, you do have to ask yourselves how many of them get proper Billboard recognition, endorsements deals, fashion collaborations or even simple feature opportunities.

Could a refusal to “get with the program” be holding them back from wider success?

 

 

Let us know your thoughts on whether or not female rap is becoming stagnant, and take a look below to see what some are saying on the subject over on social media:

 

1. Just look at there music videos and you will see that the female artist be they Hip Hop or RnB are basically portrayed as strippers with a mic

via @IAMSHO_NUFF

2. Female rap is not flourishing. It’s a lot of girls that’s in our faces, but it’s all smoke and mirrors. They ain’t talm bout nothing.

via @kingshannon_

3. Male rappers will post stuff like this but never hop on a song with Rapsody, Tierra Whack, or any of the other female rappers who aren’t the style they’re referring to.

via @KevCoke6

4. The thing is it’s not women’s fault. Let a woman try and tell a real story y’all not gone be that interested 🤷🏾‍♂️

via @Dopeitsmod

5. My fave thing about hip hop right now is male rappers stating their opinions on what female rappers should/shouldn’t be rapping about as if women aren’t half of the population (51%) & as if we haven’t been the biggest supporters of hip hop, in all the ways, since the beginning.

via @ReaganGomez

6. Female rappers harder than the niggas rn

via @NOTAVYVERT

7. wrong message and messenger. Fab was just on a song called act bad with the city girls, and now he thinks that tired opinion on female rappers holds any weight? If he truly believed in that statement, he wouldn’t have even did the feature. These men say things for attention…

via @theeemprasss

8. Facts: The female artists that sell records all rap about the same thing: whoredom. We’re tired of it. It’s old. The game misses When artists like Lauren Hilll and India Arie we’re the standard

via @BachirSoHumble

9. Y’all know I’m a big fan of where female rap is right now. But we got 1000 new Lil Kim’s, can we get a few Lauren Hills? 😂

via @1hunnitdash1

10. female rap in 2023 couldn’t get any better

via @KhalifLi