“It’s a she thing, and it’s all in me. I could be anything that I want to be, don’t consider me a minority. Open up your eyes and maybe you’ll see.” – Salt-N-Pepa (Ain’t Nuthin’ But a She Thing)
One of the best times of the year is approaching. Now with COVID-19 vaccines, an open country, and women continuously dominating in hip-hop, what type of summer will it be?
The Miami rap-duo, City Girls, blew up in 2018 and released two albums that year. You would hear one of their breakout records, Act Up, everywhere you went in 2019. Especially, during spring break. Simultaneously, Megan Thee Stallion dubbed that year’s hottest season as “hot girl summer.” She encouraged everyone to drive the boat, twerk, and flex in their best string bikini. While inspiring body positivity and sexual freedom, she also promoted and continues to uplift higher education.
Fast forward into 2021 and more female rap artists are emerging to the surface. Each have their own unique style and tone. Flo Milli has her fanbase screaming, “flo milli shit, ho!” as a salute to her rap signature on every song. Self-crowned “content queen”, Saweetie, keeps the world up-to-date with her icy nail fashion and peculiar food choices (does ranch go on spaghetti?).
It’s evident women in rap have been contributing to popular culture and influence the way we speak, dress, and sometimes eat. Across the globe, people have been saying “period!” to emphasize their point in verbal statements. Or, adding a ‘t’ at the end to spell it out, courtesy of the City Girls. I was shocked to find “periodt” recognized on dictionary.com.
TikTok dance challenges pick the songs of the season. This was first proven with Megan’s hit song “Savage”, and the Grammy-award winning remix featuring Beyoncé. The latest rapper to blow up from the trend-setting app is Coi Leray. Although she has been on the rap scene for the past three years, “No More Parties” launched Leray into popularity (and also landed a remix feature from Lil Durk).
What can be anticipated this summer? More music, as Saweetie intends to release a Pretty Girl Playlist and Doja Cat plans to follow-up with her third album, Planet Her. More funny moments, as Yung Miami and Saucy Santana continue to playfight and rank each other on Instagram Live. Plus more trends, as girls flock to get their next braided-style like Coi Leray.
Rap girls have been running the summer for the past few years and this year will be no different.