It's no secret that the music industry, especially hip-hop, has severe diversity issues. Other than a select group of superstars, women emcees are largely ignored and often left out of the mainstream music conversation.
And, yes, while it's great that we have gems like Cardi B. and Nicki Minaj ruling our summer playlists, it's frustrating that so many other women who tirelessly work on their craft get little to no recognition. And that needs to change.
Below, get to know seven of the genre's hottest newcomers worthy of your summer playlist's attention. Stream now, thank us later.
Name: Maliibu Miitch
Hometown: Bronx, New York
Songs you should download: "The Count," "Give Her Some Money," and "Crush On You (Remix)."
If some of your favorite rappers include Foxy Brown and Lil Kim, you should be listening to Maliibu Miitch. Her husky voice and old-school flow will give you so many '90s vibes, you'll probably (definitely) get whiplash. We guarantee if you play any of the above tracks at your next house party, they'll be crowd favorites.