Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless, strong especially when unified and are not only capable of standing as tall as the next man but also of outshining them.
Many female rhymers, from Queen Latifah to Nicki Minaj, have destroyed the proverbial glass ceiling to become legends in their own right.
Reality TV fixture no more – Cardi B has officially arrived as a legitimate, bankable hip-hop act.
The rapper’s single “Bodak Yellow” has been making waves in the month since its initial release, breaking into the Top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Now, she’s hit a new music milestone, finding her song inside the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot Hip-Hop and R&B chart. Moving up four spots since last week, she’s now ranking higher than 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert and Future on the Hip-Hop chart, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
It’s rarefied air for a female emcee, much less one with Cardi’s relative lack of experience. He’s the highest-charting woman on an unassisted rap track (i.e. – no features) since Nicki Minaj‘s “Anaconda” went all the way to No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 back in 2014. If her song continues to show strong gains in terms of its numbers, she could soon join the ranks of Missy Elliott, Eve, Foxy Brown, Lauryn Hill and other female emcees who’ve cracked the Top 10 list for the hottest songs in the United States.
According to Hits Daily Double, “Bodak Yellow” has also shown very strong streaming gains since last week and was also the biggest crossover radio add for the period ending August 8th, beating out 21 Savage’s “Bank Account” in the process. It’s safe to say that Cardi B is reaching unprecedented heights.
“Revival” appears to be the theme of this year’s Afropunk Festival, with legacy artists of the past two decades such as Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lenny Kravitz, Kelis, and Danny Brown as headliners.
Set to take place on August 22 to 23 at Brooklyn’s Commodore Berry Park, the festival will also include sets from Thundercat, Suicidal Tendencies, Curtis Harding, and other buzzworthy and underground artists on the nearly-25-strong lineup.
Afropunk, which just held a groundbreaking international date in Paris last month, is expanding this year into a ticketed event. (Fans will have the chance to volunteer in exchange for a ticket.) The kickoff party, the Afropunk Fancy Dress Ball, will also take place in Commodore Berry Park.
The Afropunk Festival is also set to expand to Atlanta’s Central Park on October 3 to 5, with a lineup to be announced.
( Info courtesy of colorlines.com & afropunk.com )
Like nearly everything in life, Rap is co-ed. From the beginning, women have been among the world’s most innovative MCs. They have the ability to offer fresh perspectives to a field often dominated by men. However, rarely, in the debates surrounding the greatest MCs in Hip-Hop history do women get their just due. In fact, they are left out of the discussion so regularly it seems systematic.
Check out this topic of discussion in the video below: