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Female Rappers: I’ve Got Bars Too

BBC Radio 1Xtra Stories 2018

Duration: 18 minutes

Presenter: Natalie Malcolm

Producer: Natalie Malcolm

Short Synopsis

This year Cardi B was the first solo female rapper to reach number 1 on the ‘Hot 100 Chart’ with ‘Bodak Yellow’ since Lauryn Hill back in 1998 with “Doo Wop (That Thing)”. This shows how tough it is for female rappers to get recognition for their work. I explore what it is like for UK female rappers in a male dominated genre.

Long Synopsis

“Why can’t I just do what I want to do freely without feeling like people are trying to put me in a box all the time? Do you know how annoying that is? When you feel like you’re doing something greater than life, but you’re always just a female rapper?”
Lil Simz

Female rappers have continuously throughout the years been passed to one side and not given the recognition they deserve. They never get the chance to headline festivals and get dropped by record labels very quickly. Not just that, female rappers are constantly labeled in a separate category and told that they should not rap because they are women. Things would be a lot different if they were males as the hip – hop / rap and grime scene is very male dominated.

I speak to MC Stush along with upcoming rappers Lady Sanity, Noname Disciple and Yasmin about their experiences with male judgements and who inspired them. I also speak to upcoming male rapper David Cisay Rule and BBC Radio 1Xtra Producer David Akosim. On top of that, I speak to music editor for Gal Dem Antonia, artist manager and advocate for women in the creative industries Kaiya Milan and Rinse FM presenters Lily Mercer, SK Vibemaker and Jyoty Singh. Some of the questions that have been asked are: How does it feel to be labeled and judged when people haven’t even heard you? How hard is it being a female in a male dominated industry? What more can be done in order to try and make female rappers stand out more? What is the future for female rappers?

I will also examine how female rappers hardly get recognized at award ceremonies. Lady Sanity was the only woman to win in the latest GRM Rated Awards out of the 4 nominated which shows how bad things are for female rappers. It is the same for the Brits and MOBO awards too they do not recognise female rappers in any of the categories. Another issue explored is how female rappers don’t stick together because females rarely collaborate together and don’t have each others back which is what we see males do, so this could be a key factor to where they are going wrong.

In ‘Female Rappers: I’ve Got Bars Too’ I will discover what is going wrong for female rappers in the UK and how it can be changed.

COMISSION

This email is from the Head of Radio 1 & 1Xtra at Somethin Else who create documentaries for 1Xtra.

CUE

This year Cardi B was the first solo female rapper to hit number 1 on the ‘Hot 100 Chart’ with ‘Bodak Yellow’ since Lauryn Hill in 1988 with “Doo Wop (That Thing)”.

British rap has a long history of not recognising women and grouping them together based on gender. They are still waiting for the day that “female” no longer sits infront of rapper. This is is one of the many struggles female rappers face.

Rap enthusiast Natalie Malcolm explores the different problems UK female rappers face within the male dominated genre.

[CLIP]
IN: (JINGLE) “On air, on the ground, turn it up” …
OUT: … “and put greatness out there (jingle)”
DURATION:  18’13

BACK ANNO

That was Natalie Malcolm exploring the issues UK female rappers face in a male dominated genre. Head over to twitter to join the discussion using #I’veGotBarsToo.

AUDIO

Click here to listen to Female Rappers: I’ve Got Bars Too

TWEET

This weeks #1XtraStory @natalie_malcolm explores the struggles for UK female rappers.  Join in the discussion using #I’veGotBarsToo and lock in

PROMOTIONAL IMAGES 

Lady Sanity winning her award at the GRM Rated Awards 2017. Copyright: Getty Images. The BBC has an agreement with Getty Images.
Princess Nokia preforming at Electic Brixton in London. Copyright: Getty Images. The BBC has an agreement with Getty Images.

SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

I created a playlist on Spotify which is available for anyone to go on to hear the full versions of the songs used in this documentary in the same order. There is only 1 song unavailable on this playlist ‘Say My Name’ by Yasmin as it is unreleased.

MUSIC REPORTING FORM

Name of track: Tomboy

Composer: Princess Nokia

Publishing company (record company) Rough Trade

Year of publication/release: 2016

 

Name of track: Boogie

Composer: Paigey Cakey

Publishing company (record company) Self Released

Year of publication/release: 2016

 

Name of track: Pause

Composer: IAMDDB

Publishing company (record company) Self Released

Year of publication/release: 2017

 

Name of track: Hurtin Me

Composer: Stefflon Don

Publishing company (record company) Polydor

Year of publication/release: 2017

 

Name of track: Dy – na – mi – tee

Composer: Ms Dynamite

Publishing company (record company) Polydor

Year of publication/release: 2002

 

Name of track: U-N-I-T-Y

Composer: Queen Lafita

Publishing company (record company) Motown

Year of publication/release: 1993

 

Name of track: Doo Wop (That Thing)

Composer: Lauryn Hill

Publishing company (record company) Ruffhouse Records

Year of publication/release: 1998

 

Name of track: Say My Name

Composer: Yasmin

Publishing company (record company) Un Released

Year of publication/release: 2017

 

Name of track: Diddy Bop

Composer: Noname

Publishing company (record company) Self Released

Year of publication/release: 2016

 

Name of track: Skwod

Composer: Nadia Rose

Publishing company (record company) Ministry Of Sound Recordings Ltd

Year of publication/release: 2016

 

Name of track: Queens Speech 7

Composer: Lady Leshurr

Publishing company (record company) Self Released

Year of publication/release: 2017

 

Name of track: Shutdown

Composer: Skepta

Publishing company (record company) BBK

Year of publication/release: 2016

 

Name of track: Big For Your Boots

Composer: Stormzy

Publishing company (record company) #Merky Records
Year of publication/release: 2017

 

Name of track: Ain’t Nothing Changed

Composer: Loyle Carner

Publishing company (record company) Caroline Records

Year of publication/release: 2015

 

Name of track: Bodak Yellow

Composer: Cardi B

Publishing company (record company) Atlantic

Year of publication/release: 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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