Female rappers in Toronto are some of the most talented artists on the scene, period.
Maybe it’s the fact they have to work exponentially harder for credibility in a male-dominated industry (to be fair, gender dynamics are changing slowly), but these lyricists come heavy on the mic with defined sounds and esthetics to boot.
Representing Black, queer, and POC women in full force, some of these artists have had their feet planted in the industry for years, while others are just getting their toes wet. Either way, they’re some of the most exciting acts in the city right now.
Here are my picks for 10 female rappers in Toronto you should know.
Undeniably the most energetic and promising rapper in the city right now, Haviah (also one-third of the all-women rap group The Sorority) has gone solo, and her album 13th Floor can’t come out soon enough (it drops next month).
Judging by the videos she’s been releasing the last few weeks, it’s going to be a much-needed, home-grown track list of no-nonsense bars.
Proudly repping Jane and Finch is this 25-year-old talent, whose latest release 999 is a hard-hitting album of rapid-fire flow over hypnotic beats.
Parts electro-house reverie, parts diary, Sydanie’s vibe is an accumulation of hard-earned rap street-level accolades since arriving on the scene in 2012. She cuts right to the chase—she is a mom after all; no time for BS.
It’s been nearly a decade since her video Shadows first game out, and to this day, Golde remains one of the city’s best kept secrets. She’s been M.I.A. for a while but evidently not without results: she’s officially out with a new single called Juice that makes a 2019 comeback look promising.