Meet The Next Leading Ladies Of Rap

Iggy Azalea, Angel Haze, Azealia Banks, Kilo Kish, Brooke Candy... It’s obvious that there’s a serious resurgence of female presence happening in rap, and we couldn’t be happier about it. There’s nothing quite as empowering as a true banger served by a badass girl. Luckily, by the looks of it, the supply of female rappers is only growing, and we’re sure that Missy Elliott, Salt-N-Pepa, and Lil' Kim are proud of their fierce progeny. In honor of what’s sure to be an historic comeback, we've rounded up five of New York's most promising lady MCs so that you can become well-acquainted before they completely blow up — and so you can put them on all your summer playlists.
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Nyemiah Supreme

Her debut mixtape, There Can Be More Than 1, (which speaks to the idea that there can and should be countless successful female rappers in the industry) is just one of the many reasons we love Queens-based Nyemiah Supreme. She's been working towards her success for years, and now the hard work is paying off. Supreme has been on a steady rise lately, thanks in part to her collaborations with Timbaland, who signed her to his label after a friend introduced him to her work. (A big compliment, considering that Tim played an integral role in the careers of Justin Timberlake, Ginuwine, and Aaliyah.)

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Princess Nokia

From the glittery butterfly clips she dons in her hair to her sample of the infamous "No bra, no panties" scene from Thirteen in her song "Versace Hottie," Princess Nokia has unofficially crowned herself the queen of early '00s nostalgia — and we couldn't think of a worthier ruler. Her debut album, Metallic Butterfly, which she describes as "high-tech fairy-girl music," is chock-full of drum and bass beats, jazzy melodies, and dreamy vocals, which prove that Nokia sings just as well as she spits.

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Dai Burger

Dai Burger's goal? "To make awesome music while looking fly as hell doing so." Knowing that she works at Patricia Field's store in SoHo, we'd say she's more than well-equipped for the latter. Dai took off in early 2014 with the release of her sassy 12-song mixtape In Ya Mouf! — and if her recent collaborations with Saint and Kayvon Zand are any indication, she shows no signs of slowing down.

PLAY THIS FIRST: "Soufflé '"
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We're dying to know what's beneath the seemingly permanent ski mask that Leikeli47 (pronounced lah-KAY-lee) sports in all of her videos, if only so we can put a face to her incredible rhymes. But, for now, the Brooklynite is remaining anonymous — a clever tactic that's keeping us all the more intrigued. Which makes the intro to her mixtape (a sample of Bane from The Dark Knight Rises saying "No one cared who I was until I put on the mask") all the more relevant; though we know her talent would uphold even without the alluring ambiguity.

PLAY THIS FIRST: "F*ck the Summer Up"
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You know you're doing something right when Erykah Badu tweets about you — which is exactly what happened when 21-year-old Junglepussy released the video for her song "Cream Team." If her past work is any indication, Junglepussy's soon-to-be-released debut album, Satisfaction Guaranteed, a collaboration with producer Shy Guy (who’s worked with Mykki Blanco, Bodega Bamz, and GrandeMarshall), is sure to be the perfect anthemic summer album.

PLAY THIS FIRST: "Satisfaction Guaranteed"

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