By Jasmine Kelly
The South has something to say, still. It has been 25 years since Andre 3000 said his famous words at the 1995 Source Awards. The South has been talking ever since. This time, the women have the gift of gab. That’s right, I said it, and you heard it here first. It is not by chance that most of the hits you have been hearing on the radio or downloading onto your phone are from the South. Check out my list of women rappers who you should be on the lookout for.
While her name may spark constant controversy, her talent isn’t up for debate. You may remember her from the reality television show, “The Rap Game,” but Mulatto is far from a joke. Personally, I was impressed when Gucci Mane (one of my favorite rappers) was featured on her song, “Muwop.” If you know anything about Gucci Mane, you know that him appearing on her record is an unofficial cosign. Additionally, her recent album “Queen of Da Souf,” in my opinion, really cements her place in rap as a serious artist. The album has excellent features and samples. “Pull Up,” “My Body,” and “In n Out” are my personal favorites.
Aye, she may be young, but she spitting! Your nieces may know her before you do, but That Girl Lay Lay is someone to watch. I like how she is taking us back to our rap roots, if you will. She does not curse (probably because she can’t, she is like 12) and can rap with substance. I like the fact that she is something fresh for the next generation of rap fans. She keeps it real cute on the song “Slumber Party.”
Her name may throw you off, but KenTheMan is someone you should give a listen. From Houston, Texas, KenTheMan has a constant flow and is smooth with it. If you want an excellent introduction to her, listen to “Freaky Freestyle.” Your welcome.
My cousin put me on to this Memphis artist. If you true to Southern rap like I am, you know that you have to come with it from Memphis. Regardless if you are a male or female rapper. When I heard “Psycho” by Jucee Froot; I already knew how she was coming; HARD. If you want more of Jucee Froot, listen to her album Black Sheep. Some personal favorites of mine from the album are “Queen Talk” and “My Cat.”
I am giddy about this one! Hailing from Mobile, Alabama, Flo Milli is a rapper that I am excited to see develop. My friend put me on to her. I started by listening to her recent album, “Ho, Why Is You Here?” Yeah, suh is straight to the point. After you listen to the album, you’ll know why Flo Milli is here, and that is not to play! I enjoyed listening to “Weak,” “Beef FloMix,” and “Send the Addy.” Other than my family, Mobile has something else for me to look forward to.
Jasmine Kelly is a contributing writer for the Pedestal Project, LLC. Jasmine is a higher education professional who believes in the powers of Black Twitter. You can follow her on Instagram @chicomydusty.