In 2020, Hip-Hop was once again placed as the most listened-to music genre according to the music streaming app Spotify. However, if we take a look at the artists classified as the top 10 R&B and Hip-Hop artists of 2020, something striking catches our eye: there is not a single woman among this classification, despite the rapid rise of rappers such as Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, and Doja Cat. This might seem surprising to many, as it feels as though we have spent months discovering WAP remixes, watching influencers learn the Savage dance, and listening to SZA reminisce about the “Good (old) Days”. But I would like to ask you: how often do you actively listen to female rappers? Is it as often as you listen to male rappers? Can you name 10 female rappers? This is not meant to shame you, as a matter of fact, the problem does not primarily lie with the consumers, but rather with the misogynistic industry that treats women as inferior to men by employing a series of measures that make the rise to fame significantly harder for women.
Contrary to what high schoolers on SoundCloud like to believe, becoming famous in the rap industry is harder than one thinks, especially if you are a woman. The few women that did break through within the industry, have often done so with the help of a male mentor that led the way, by taking these women under his wing.