Rapsody Speaks On The Current State Of Female Emcees
However, she also expressed interest in seeing more variety in emerging female emcees.
“She’s (Nicki) the face right now and that’s all we have,” said Rapsody. “I wish we had more balance, like in the days of MC Lyte, Lauryn, Queen Latifah, Lil’ Kim and Foxy. You had all of these female emcees but they all were different. You had a balance and you had a choice of what you wanted your child to be exposed to; just different forms of sexy because sexy comes in many forms.”
Naturally I couldn’t resist asking a follow-up question after that answer, and so I asked the emcee what she thought about her own particular brand of “sexy”.
“I’m not one that likes to put all the skin out there,” said Rapsody. “I think there’s a time and place for it, but me, I think its just showing your personality. [There’s just something in a smile or in someone’s personality – making you laugh – that’s sexy]. People find that I like to play basketball and that I like to play video games and that I love Hip-Hop, people find that sexy, more so than someone walking naked. That’ll catch their eye, but to really fall in love with somebody, it takes more than that.”
Assuredly, with a style and a “sexy” that’s all her own – and a her first EP release (The Black Mamba) steadily gaining respect and recognition – the “Jamla, Kooley High and Zulu Nation representer”, is posed to become the next female Hip-Hop heavy-hitter.
Look for Rapsody in the documentary film, White Girls in Hip-Hop, (which will be released in late 2012) and catch more of her perceptive insight on women in Hip-Hop and what she thinks about the rise of white female rappers in the mainstream media.