If you ask 10 people who their favorite female rapper is, if they don't say 'Ummm…I don't have one' then 7 will probably say an older MC Lyte or Jean Grae while 3 opt for Lil' Kim pre-plastic surgery. Angel Haze, Nicki Minaj, Gangsta Boo, Azealia Banks, Iggy Azealia, Trina and a decent amount of others are currently active and not cared about.
That's nationally speaking. Regionally, Nashville has even more bulls to wrangle since country music and rap features go together as well as gold and iron chains (here’s looking at you, LL Cool J). Is there a chance for a female rapper to be deservingly mentioned in the middle Tennessee hip-hop conversation? Sure. Will it be tough? On a scale of Cottonelle to Terry Crews, it’s probably an overcooked Walmart steak.
Here are 6 things a wannabe female rapper in Nashville needs:
- Talent- sounds simple enough, right? Common sense isn’t that common.
- Amazing production- good isn’t good enough when you’re fighting for both the ‘I don’t listen to words I just listen to the beat’ and the ‘I like a lyricist’ types. Ears must orgasm before the brain kicks in.
- A diverse team- successful people have a great support system. The more diverse your team the more contacts, ideas, and perspectives you'll have. If all else fails, you should get pretty good movie recommendations from them.
- Thick skin and a hard head- the internet is a scary, mean place. Long gone are the days where rejection came in the form of a stiff 'NO!' and slammed door. Now, criticism comes with photo shopped memes and trending topics. Vaseline your face and bob the best you can.
- An elevator speech explaining Nashville’s music scene to outsiders- try to convince outsiders that Nashville is not just country music without getting frustrated. The typical native will probably attest to it being harder than one would think. Prepare for that conversation in advance and maybe gain an honest listen.
Of course there are a slew of other factors that contribute to a successful female rapper in Nashville lifestyle. It's more about being creative than reproductive so find the dash of chili powder in your own meth, Cap'n Cooks.