For nearly a decade, Nicki Minaj reigned supreme, but how the tide has turned.
From top to bottom, 2017 has been an exciting year for female rap. Remy Ma blew the door off the henges back in February when she unleashed lyrical venom in the form of “ShETHER.”
“Fuck Nicki Minaj! Are you dumb?,” she roared on the tracks intro.
After tensions brewed between the two for some time, fans and casual listeners alike anticipated Minaj’s response, which proved to be lukewarm at best. As if her attempts to reclaim the throne on wax weren’t lackluster enough, BET further solidified that Minaj had been knocked off of her square by awarding Remy with Best Female Rapper at its annual award show in June. The Young Money rapstress had previously won the award seven consecutive times.
Around that same time, Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” was beginning to gain traction. The comedic social media commentator turned reality tv starlet cemented herself as a force to be reckoned with after putting out two mixtapes in just six months. “Bodak” went on to top the charts and the Bronx native proved she was no one-hit wonder with critically acclaimed guest verses on tracks like G-Eazy’s “No Limit” and Migos’ “Motorsport.”
Aside from Cardi’s mainstream rise and Remy’s relentless shots at Minaj, female rappers also garnered attention elsewhere. Rapsody generated some buzz with her introspective and thought provoking album Laila’s Wisdom. Dreezy held her own. And international acts like Stefflon Don brought their sound to the States and beyond. Dej Loaf and Young M.A even released new music.
All in all, it’s safe to say that while Minaj may be the longstanding favorite, she now has some stiff competition. 2018 shall be interesting for the ladies with bars.