Women are at the forefront of a rap renaissance. In the past, few women were in the rap industry, let alone topping the charts, but now we have an abundance of talented women building their names and making an impact on the industry. These women in rap & hip hop are not only evolving but thriving too, with some of them being today’s most prominent players, such as Megan Thee Stallion, Latto, Yung Miami, JT, and Tierra Whack.
Hip-hop & rap became America’s most popular genres of music a few years ago, breaking records, and with the rise of streaming services, up-and-coming artists have more exposure, creating a more diverse and vibrant rap scene that deserves to be celebrated.
Here are 12 (starting with #1) rising hip-hop stars that we expect to see getting bigger in 2023:
GloRilla: A Memphis native who earned a GRAMMY nomination, a No. 1 single, and a top 10 record in 2022. GloRilla signed with Yo Gotti in July 2022, and her career has been on the rise since then. She released her debut EP, Anyways, Life’s Great, and hit the top 10 on Billboard with its first week sales. She also hopped on “FTCU” with Latto and Gangsta Boo, which has already caught TikTok and social media’s attention. It’s clear that her ceiling is astonishingly high for a new artist.
Lakeyah: Although she is only 21 years old, Lakeyah has already built quite a name for herself. She began rapping at the age of 15 and was part of a rap duo by the name of BTM, garnering over a million views on YouTube. She signed to Quality Control, one of rap’s premier labels, and has released four official projects, including a Gangsta Grillz mixtape with DJ Drama. She’s collaborated with everyone from Gucci Mane to Nardo Wick and was a part of XXL’s 2021 Freshman Class.
#3 Ice Spice
Ice Spice: Ice Spice only began rapping in 2021 but has already built a name for herself in the industry with the release of her singles “Bikini Bottom” and “Munch (Feelin’ U).” She is embracing the youthful drill sound while adding her own unique style to the subgenre. In 2023, we’re hoping to hear more from Ice Spice and hopefully get an album from her.
#4 Flo Milli
Flo Milli: Flo Milli is quickly making waves in the music industry due to her energetic records that captivate social media after each release. Her hit single “Conceited” has been streamed over 25 million times on Spotify alone. Flo Milli first gained recognition in 2019 with her song “In The Party,” which spawned its own TikTok dance challenge. The success of the record propelled her to create her own label, Flo Milli Entertainment, and release her debut mixtape, Ho, Why Is You Here? In 2021, she signed a record deal with RCA Records and released her latest album, You Still Here, Ho?, in July.
Monaleo: Monaleo is a rising star from Houston, Texas, and has the incomparable Southern flair for which the city is known. She gained popularity on social media with her song “Beating Down Yo Block,” which has over 30 million views on YouTube. Monaleo signed to LVRN, a label that houses some of the most influential artists in the game. She has been featured on tracks with other artists such as Flo Milli, Latto, and JID. We expect big things from Monaleo in 2023.
#6 Dess Dior
Dess Dior is an up-and-coming artist who gained popularity with her debut album “RAW” released in 2022. She has a laid-back and melodic flow and keeps her fans engaged on social media with her performance snippets and stylish looks. Dess has nearly 2 million followers on Instagram and has collaborated with Mariah The Scientist.
Kali, also known as Ms. Toxic Chocolate, has been making a name for herself since her viral song “Do A B**ch” on TikTok. She has released a mixtape and an EP and has collaborated with Moneybagg Yo, Latto, and Bia. Kali was selected for XXL’s 2022 Freshman Class list, and in 2022, she went on tour with Latto, Saucy Santana, and Asianae. She has garnered over 35 million streams on Spotify and has the potential to make a significant impact in the music industry.
#8 Omeretta the Great
Omeretta the Great gained fame with her single “Sorry Not Sorry” in February 2022, sparking a social media discussion about which parts of Atlanta actually constitute Atlanta. She recently released her EP, Emotional Gangsta, featuring appearances from Key Glock and Tink, and her career looks promising.
Sally Sossa, a Houston native, fell in love with hip-hop as a child and has been releasing music since she was 17. In 2020, she signed with Interscope Records, received co-signs from Lil Durk and French Montana, and was featured on the Madden 22 soundtrack. She recently released her second album, 4EVER SOSSA, showcasing her complete sound and hard-hitting bars.
#10 Lola Brook
Lola Brooke, a Brooklyn rapper, went viral on TikTok with her single “Don’t Play With It” and signed with Team 80 Productions in 2016. Although she’s released several singles, we’re still waiting for a full-length album or EP to showcase her lyrical prowess.
Doechii, from Tampa, Florida, began making music in 2015 and gained fame with her viral TikTok hit “Yucky Blucky Fruitcake.” She signed with Capitol Records and TDE in 2022, collaborated with Isaiah Rashad, and released her latest single, “Stressed.”
#12 Renni Rucci
Renni Rucci started posting freestyles on social media in 2017 and gained attention with her Lil Baby “Freestyle” in 2018. She released her debut mixtape, Big Renni, in 2019 and appeared on “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” in 2021. Her latest single, “Texture,” showcases her growth as an artist with improved breath control and heavy-hitting bars.
In conclusion, these twelve female rappers are making waves in the music industry and show no signs of slowing down. GloRilla, with her Grammy nomination, top 10 record, and hit EP, is proving to be a rising star. Lakeyah, who was part of XXL’s 2021 Freshman Class, is making a name for herself as QC’s newest star. Ice Spice, with her youthful drill sound, is quickly building a name for herself in the industry. Flo Milli, with her energetic records and successful debut mixtape, is now one of the most sought-after artists in hip-hop & rap. Monaleo, with her fun and playful flow, is on a quick and steady rise, and Dess Dior, who is gaining attention for her own bars, is proving to be a force to be reckoned with. It’s clear that these female rappers are bringing their unique styles to the genre, and we can expect to hear more from them in the years to come.