What sticks out most about Angel Haze is her voice on tracks. It’s rough and coarse as if she’s been rapping non-stop for years, she’s just that dedicated. Her flow catches the ear next. It’s rhythmic and switches up on you without a moment’s notice. Born Raykeea Raeen-Roes Wilson, Wilson adopted Angel Haze to release music that was a reflection of her life. Reservation, for example, pays homage to her Native heritage on her mother’s side. Cleaning out My Closet is a cover of the original and a reflection of the hardship of her childhood, particularly a sexual assault Haze experienced. Haze also covered Macklemore’s Same Love, which opens with, “At thirteen, my mother knew I wasn’t straight.”
A NY-based rapper with heavy social media influence, Azealia’s fans know her as someone who can spit bars and tackle social justice issues without breaking a sweat. Banks’ career begins as early as 2008 when she was uploading tracks onto MySpace, remember MySpace? Azealia has cited her tumultuous childhood as a reason to pursue her dreams to the fullest. An out bisexual, Banks doesn’t talk about her sexuality often, but with lyrics such as, “I guess that cunt getting eaten,” she isn’t shy about it either. Catch 212 and other hits by Banks on her YouTube channel.
Based in Atlanta, the southern rapper solidified her punkrap style in her first single Designer. Since, Bali has released bangers such as Do da Dash, in which she boasts she, “got a little Spanish bitch, and now she’s shaking her ass.” Bali released her first studio album, entitled Baylor Swift, in 2018. The record is a mix of hip-hop and punk-rock, which all coalesce in the song Backseat in which Bali describes a painful breakup with a girl she loved. For more music, see BaliOnaBeat on SoundCloud, which is updated regularly.
In addition to being a rapper and song-writer, Ndegeocello is also a talented bassist. Born Michelle Lynn Johnson in Berlin, she was raised in D.C. She embraced the Swahili name Ndegeocello as a late teen. Ndegeocello’s debut album, Plantation Lullabies, focuses on the subject of racism experienced by black people at the hands of white people, and black culture. Ndgeocello is private about her personal life, but was once out with feminist author, Rebecca Walker, daughter of renowned black feminist author, Alice Walker.
You know her from The Internet. And I guess also the internet. They’re the group with funkadelic sounds such as La Di Da, guaranteed to, “snatch up ya wife.” The Cali based rapper is also a song-writer, DJ and audio engineer. Fans may notice the connection between Syd, The Internet, and Odd Future. Born Syndey Loren Bennet, Syd is the older sister of fellow Odd Future member, Travis “Taco” Bennet. Check out Syd’s solo work such as the appropriately titled, All About Me.
TT The Artist
With music described as, “hip-hop, pop, club, and EDM,” the bass behind TT The Artist’s music can be heard before you even click play. Tedra Wilson graduated with a Fine Arts degree from The Maryland Institute College Of Art (MICA) before continuing to pursue her music as TT The Artist. Her music has been featured heavily on shows such as Insecure and Broad City. TT has expressed some difficulty working with straight colleagues in the music industry who assume no one would appreciate the perspective of a lesbian rapper of color. Click the link for more jams by TT The Artist.
You’ve heard of her. And if not her then you’ve heard one simple utterance, OOOUUU. The title of Young M.A.’s first commercial radio hit. It reached top 20 in several rankings in 2016 when it exploded onto the scene. Listen to her discography and M.A.’s lyrics paint an autobiography of a young girl who grew up with an affinity for girls and an aversion to skirts. The New York based rapper has made YouTube her home with other hit singles such as Body Bag, Eat, Quiet Storm (which samples the Mobb Deep song), Thotiana remix (remix to the original), and many other tracks that are sure to create a fan out of any lover of hip-hop.
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The Juncture Mag staff