Female rappers like Eve, Rah Digga and Missy Elliot have had major successes in the industry. However, they aren’t as successful or wealthy as male rappers or even female RnB singers like Mariah Carey and Mary J Blige.
Rapper Eve during her concert in Nairobi last year.
Earlier on, female rappers dressed and acted like men. They even sagged their jeans. But the sexy and beautiful Foxy Brown and Lil Kim revolutionised the game by making it okay for females to not have to look or sound like a boy to be seen.
In Kenya, groups like Camp Mullah have a female in their crew, but she only sings. Rap is left to the boys. You can’t compare the success of female Kenyan rappers Nazizi, So Soon and L-Ness to their male counterparts. But who knows, things might change.
Foxy’s Broken Silence is another classic album by a female rapper. An artiste like Lauryn Hill is considered a rap goddess. Just how relevant and active is she in today’s industry? Her commercially successful album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, released in 1998 is a classic. The recording earned Hill five Grammy Awards.
In sharp contrast, 1998 was the same year Jay Z released Hard Knock Life, and he has been consistent, to date. He is worth $480m (Sh40.8billion) while Lauryn’s net worth lags at $ 8m (Sh680million).