Bitchtapes: Actual Feminist Rappers

Kjerstin Johnson
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Kjerstin Johnson is a writer and editor in Portland, Oregon. She is the former editor in chief of Bitch. She tweets at @kajerstin

Kelsey's postings of the "Feminist Rappers" videos drew more than laughs--it had some commenters asking, "But what about the real feminist rappers?"

So here's a genre- decade-spanning compilation of feminist rappers, hip-hoppers, and spoken word artists, from the 90s beats of Yo Yo to the indie crossover of Mirah and Katastrophe. Don't forget to add your recs!

1. Jean Grae - A Alikes
This track off the stunning debut album of Jean Grae shows that there's a lot more where that came from.

2. Queen Latifah - U.N.I.T.Y
Who you callin a bitch?

3. Northern State - Three Amigas
The next time you hear that three white girls from Long Island can't rap, mention Northern State.

4. Dessa - Seamstress
Spoken-word artist Dessa is part of the all hip hop collective Doomtree, she's also a published poet (if you couldn't tell from her song)

5. Invincible - Shapeshifters
Invincible isn't just one of Detroit's best rappers, she's one of the most political, but she's still part of ANOMOLIES, a NYC all female hip hop collective.

6. Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing)
Lauryn Hill's single from the grammy winning Miseducation....this song is timeless.

7. Scream Club feat. Mirah and Katastrophe - Dead Wrong
Duo Scream Team pairs up not just with indie gal Mirah but Katastrophe-- a hip hop artist and co-founder of Original Plumbing!

8. Yo-Yo - You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo
One of Yo-Yo's first songs featuring Ice Cube. Don't try to play her out. Her video "Black Pearl" is above.

9. Queen Latifah feat. Monie Love - Ladies First
This one's for the ladies...Queen Latifah and Monie Love team up to celebrate women!

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5 Comments Have Been Posted

I like this kind of music

I like this kind of music and I like the clip. Thank for sharing!

Oh, come on. Just because

Oh, come on. Just because Lauryn Hill is a woman doesn't mean she's a feminist. Doo Wop (That Thing) is a slut-shaming anthem. Try harder next time.

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