Although cis males have always dominated rap music, some extraordinary women exceed the standards placed on female rappers. This generation of female rappers proves that women can drop ‘bars’ just as cold as their male counterparts. The UK rap scene has birthed some of the most world-renowned rappers, such as Skepta, Giggs, Stormzy, and Kano. These artists are all pioneers of their respected sub-genres and have paved the way for future generations.
In this new era of UK rap, we see more women rising to the ranks with their strong presence. These women showcase their unique style and versatility. We believe that they are the next trail-blazers for the industry, and they are what the industry currently needs.
IVD has often jumped on drill tracks, but in the Drip music video, she shows the femme-fatal side of her personality, which enticed the viewers and left us pleading for more. Moreover, IVD is a proud member of the Barbz; her Nicki Minaj influences are seen in her witty punchlines and dominant personality.
Shayon ‘Shaybo’ Brown was born in Nigeria and raised in South London. Shaybo started rapping at a young age, and after she released the song Guess Who’s Back in 2013, she took a long break. In 2019 Shaybo shocked the industry as she returned better than ever in her track titled ‘Ya Dun Know’. Here she paid homage to her younger self and announced that she is the “Queen of the South.” Above all, Shaybo exuberates commanding energy and demeanour; her raw and uncut style is an element that the UK rap scene needs. Shaybo also makes it known that she is proud of her Nigerian roots by including the language of Yoruba and Pidgin dialect in her lyrics. Further, Shaybo’s recent featured track is a pop record called ‘Bussdown’ by Jorja Smith, which allows Shaybo to demonstrate her versatility.
Thyra ‘Ms Banks’ Oji was born 14 April 1994 in London. This Sagittarius rapper released her first mixtape in 2014 titled ‘Once Upon a Grind.’ Ms Banks influences includes legends like Nicki Minaj and Foxy Brown, and she received the seal of approval from her idol Nicki Minaj when Nicki tweeted her lyrics in 2017. Ms Banks greatest moments in the rap industry include her 2019 Brit awards performance alongside Little Mix, a feature in the XXL Freshman Cover 2020, and a BET Hip Hop Award nomination in their International Flow category.
People love Ms Banks for her ability to give a different vibe to each of her songs.