I was scrolling through music channels wondering what happened to the music scene because most music videos seem to be all about the all up in your face provocative sex appeal, skimpy dancers doing highly suggestive dance routines to distract us from the waning mostly inaudible lyrical content and managing to objectify women in the process. Pretty soon people are just going to be naked in hip hop videos… oh, wait, didn’t someone famous do one of those already? Anyhoo as you were.
I used to really love hip hop, back in the day when Rap really meant Rhythm And Poetry when it was a raw expressive force, lyrical gangsters spitting out verse on the microphones, that would explode the tape decks when they were in rap mode, you feel me?Call me old school but could you throw me back to a time when you could feel the emotion in rap from the love they felt for their mums, loyalty to their homies, and venom unleashed at haters, disintegrating those who would oppose; to the rage against injustice. Now, hip hop is a menagerie of multi-tattooed, chain wearing, expensive drinks sipping, posing artists all about image, they rap about how much money they got, expensive cars they woke up in, sex, and I can barely hear half of the other stuff they mumble out.
I thought perhaps I had lost my love for rap till I stumbled across this track by DJ Switch and Ms Cosmo.
To celebrate the phenomenal creature that is woman; phenomenal woman; Ms Cosmo DJ calls out her favourite female emcees to feature in the #LefemmeRemix of DJ Switch’s Now or Never track.
The result is 8 minutes of true grit, ten verses and ten of South Africa’s baddest female hip hop artists making a a point in a world where the rap scene is predominantly male….. It’s the rise of the female rappers.
I am hooked to the hook of the song:
What happened to rap?
Yeah, what happened to rap?
Hip hop used to drop bars now we just dab
And I cant decide which is my favourite verse or who slays the most, because its that awesome, but in order of appearance:
Opening verse is Meg Mafia also known as the North Goddess and she’s got purpose just like a pure breed warrior.
Rapping was about the bars but now it’s just a circus
Ms Supa is super human and two times a queen with a straight flush.
You got a beat but you can’t use it
Nelz wishes rappers rap more instead of talking about rap
The rise of the female rapper
The rap game is full of actors
I see no rappers just wrappers
Representing cape town and keeping it real Miss Celaneous
Shame man they look the same, some are same so uniform
He said if you wanna be part of the clique outchea, you gotta
Rogue knows what happened to real rap and it aint dead its going to rise like a phoenix.
No longer looking for lyricism
Just give em beat that bumps the bass
Patty Monroe who is practically a brand unto herself now that’s clever
Now or never was an all male endeavour
You failed to deliver
Phresh Clique repping Cape Town they coming to win.
Fifi Cooper does no metaphors now if only someone would translate for me the rest of her verse so I know what she own about
why you put me next to kids that begs for Ice-Cream
BK is the one who gots one problem rappers don’t make sense
Some careers born a little pre-mature
These weak raps need to incubate a little more
Clara T is about clarity and no lies, aint looking for anything she cant get for herself
Until you decide
And when you look in the mirror
You see that look in your eyes
That you aren’t breathing the same air as me
Gigi Lamayne is a serious heavy hitter she wields her femininity like a blunt force don’t mess with the hybrid
Royal blood on my pad
I’m always Ultra with the bleeds
This track is what rap is about, standing for something; real, live and raw. Shout Out to all those keeping it real and if you didn’t know these ladies watch out for them, trust me they making a mark.
If I listen to this song a thousand times I am so going to post the lyrics the way we used to do it back in the day before google when the only way to get song lyrics was to listen rewind ⏮ and press play ⏯
PS Happy women’s month and In case you missed it I am crushing on this song.
And if you into rap what’s your take on the rap game and music scene in general?
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#LeFemmeRemix images and track link courtesy of Ms Cosmo