Rap veteran Nas recently discussed his take on female hip-hop artists trying to make a name for themselves in a predominantly male culture and what it will take for them to really shine.
Although impressed by today’s female emcees, Nas said there is too much emphasis on them weighing themselves to their male counterparts.
“I like Azealia Banks, I like Nicki [Minaj]. Those are the girls that are currently in the game,” Nas said in an interview. “It is women’s time but women are under the illusion that they’re being blocked, so women have to stop playing man’s game when it comes to the artistic sh*t. They have to just go and do it. Stop worrying about where you fit in. Just go and do it.” (Huck Magazine)
Back in 2011, Boot Camp Clik’s Sean Price raised eyebrows after slamming female hip-hop artists.
“I don’t like no female rappers,” Price revealed in an interview. “Not one. Not one. [Lauryn Hill?] I did [like her], but she sings all the time so I wouldn’t call her a rapper. Yeah. [Lil Kim?] I like no female rappers. Not like I don’t like them personally, they don’t hold my interest. Except MC Lyte. I haven’t bought a female album, a female rap album, since MC Lyte, [1988’s] Lyte as a Rock. I haven’t bought one since. Straight up. I like none of them. I like none of them, sir. I only like MC Lyte’s albums. Let me take that back. Rah Digga. She gets busy too. And my wife is a big Rah Digga fan too. But other than that? None of them. I’m not buying none of they albums. All of them. That’s just me.” (Vlad TV)
Female rap vet Rah Digga sat down with SOHH earlier the same year and cleared up the perception of female emcees becoming extinct.
“There’s definitely a range of females who are doing things, but the only thing that really bothers me is when people say there are no females and that’s not true,” Digga explained to SOHH. “There are tons of females out there rapping. Everyone seems to look to the glamorous side of the females rapping but I think the media can control what females get exposure and things of that nature and they just don’t. Everybody complains about why aren’t there any females and why aren’t they getting exposure, but it’s because the media isn’t giving it to them. Simple and plain. It’s not rocket science. You know, pick one.” (SOHH)
Def Jam’s VP of A&R Sha Money XL previously spoke to SOHH about Nicki Minaj raising the bar up for all lady rappers.
“Nicki Minaj has set the bar so high that whoever the new female rappers is, and I’ve heard one or two females so far and they’re horrible and I’m real hard on female rappers, seriously. I ain’t with the bullsh*t, don’t come too hard, you gotta be sexy and look like Nicki Minaj and sh*t. She got it. She got, I don’t know about that Sean Garrett record, but she’s got it. That record ain’t it, she’s supposed to come harder than that. That sh*t ain’t it.” (SOHH Guest Star)